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The Mountain’s Out: Using Landscape as a Lens for the Essay

As naturalist John Muir suggests: “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” This weekend workshop will embolden those who wish to write through—rather than about—the natural world. Reading works from Isabella Bird to Brian Doyle, we will address structure and form, including the braided essay, the emblematic moment, and the frame. Our encounters with the wild (urban or hinterland) will engender a larger story. Come with a raincoat and a desire to write as if life depended on it.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

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Instructor: Christine Hemp

Class Type: 2 Sessions

Start Date: 02/21/2015

End Date: 02/22/2015

Days of the Week: Saturday, Sunday

Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Christine Hemp

Christine Hemp has aired her essays and poems on NPR’s Morning Edition, and a poem of hers has traveled billions of miles on a NASA mission to monitor the pre-natal activity of stars. She is a speaker for the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau and TEDx. Hemp is the author of That Fall (poems) and Wild Ride Home: Love, Loss and a Little White Horse, A Family Memoir. Her work has appeared recently in the New York Times, Psychology Today, and Tupelo Quarterly.

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