Number of sessions: 1
Time: 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Date: Saturday, August 22
Course fee: $150
In this one-day intensive, you’ll explore how to make imagery work for you in your own short stories, personal essays, or memoir. Effective imagery goes far beyond flowery description to bring your reader closer to the experience on the page and to evoke thematic resonance. A well-placed image can reveal character, mood, context, tone, or setting. Whatever your subject matter, imagery brings it to life through concrete detail. In class, we’ll explore how to draw on intuition and right-brain association to harvest images; we’ll also look at how to choose and shape those images. We’ll look at effective uses of imagery in published pieces, giving you specific guidelines for what to apply to your own work. This class is suitable for writers looking to improve a work-in-progress or to start something new.
Lindsey Crittenden is the author of an award-winning short-fiction collection, The View From Below, and a memoir, The Water Will Hold You (“exquisitely written,” Publishers’ Weekly starred review). Her short stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Glimmer Train, Arroyo Literary Review, Best American Spiritual Writing, Pisgah Review, Quarterly West, and other publications. An Honored Instructor at UC Berkeley Extension, she has taught and helped develop creative-writing curriculum for twelve years.