Memoir and Metaphor: Capturing Core Themes of Our Lives (with Arya Samuelson) - ONLINE
When combing through the raw material of our lives, metaphors can become our best friends, helping us to organize and orient our story. They can also be a doorway into places of darkness and tenderness, helping us to bring the reader along for the journey. Imagine a story about grief that drew strength from writing about octopuses? Or a story about displacement that used mangoes as the central image? Or a family ring that becomes a way to tell a story about generational relationships between women? The most magical part is that when we crack open a metaphor’s fullest possibilities, the story can lead us somewhere we never could have gone alone. This two-hour workshop will involve advance reading of two different approaches to metaphor by Lidia Yuknavitch and Carmen Maria Machado and provide opportunity to generate new writing and receive in-class feedback. Limited to 12 writers.
WHEN: 2 Hours: Saturday, April 24 (1 - 3pm EST)
WHERE: Online, via Zoom video conference
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
ARYA SAMUELSON is the winner of the CutBank’s 2019 Montana Prize in Non-Fiction, awarded by Cheryl Strayed. Her work has also been published in New Delta Review, Entropy, The Millions, and Hematopoiesis Press. She is a proud graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing Program from Mills College and has been studying at Lidia Yuknavitch’s school of Corporeal Writing since 2017. Arya writes across all genres and is currently working on a novel.
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