Jennifer will teach "Mastering Metaphor," an online class through The Loft Literary Center from February 18 – March 31. See https://www.loft.org.
Metaphor is the heart of creative writing. It allows us to perceive objects, relationships, and ideas freshly; to feel transported through time; and to see through the eyes of someone of another generation, gender, culture, or even species! We can also think of metaphor as being more than simply stating one thing in terms of another – metaphorical meaning can be found in the relationship of the different parts of a poem, in the relationship between characters in a story, and even in the white space between the lines or stanzas of poetry or the sections of prose! Through reading, writing, and sharing work, we will identify and examine different types of metaphor and metaphorical structures and use them expressively in original writing. Students will create different types of metaphor in journal exercises that are themselves structured as metaphor ("Take Your Journal Out for Coffee!") and choose between options for writing original poems or prose pieces and discussing metaphor in the work of established writers.