SATURDAY, MAY 20 | Whether you’re writing about your own life in memoir or personal essay, or developing characters and situations for a fictional plot, imagery brings your material to life. Effective imagery goes far beyond flowery description to reveal character, mood, context, tone, setting, and theme. In this one-day intensive, we’ll explore how to make imagery work for you on the page. We’ll use exercises of intuition and right-brain association to harvest images, and we’ll look at how to choose and shape those images. Analyzing the uses of imagery in published pieces will help you cultivate your own voice and technique. 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 Washington Post, the New York Times, Best American Spiritual Writing, Glimmer Train, Arroyo Literary Review, Image, and other publications. An Honored Instructor at U.C. Berkeley Extension, she has taught and helped develop creative writing curriculum for more than 15 years.
Number of sessions: 1
Time: 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Date: Saturday, May 20
Course fee: $155