“A true metaphor is risky business, revealing of the self” – Patricia Hampl
More than props, objects and other details arise in memoir as metaphor and symbol, taking us to a deeper understanding of our narratives. In this workshop, we will explore metaphor and other acts of imagination, looking at work by Jo Ann Beard, Patricia Hampl, Joy Harjo, Jesmyn Ward and others. Our goal is to go deeper by thinking about how details that arise in our process can lead us, alchemically, to truths often hidden beyond facts – the truer story that memory is trying to tell us. Through readings and short writing exercises, we will consider the organic nature of this process and attempt to playfully coax some metaphors of our own. Participants will leave with ways to think about metaphor and exercises they can do later.
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Jane Marcellus’s essays have appeared in the Washington Post,Gettysburg Review, Sycamore Review, Hippocampus, Chapter 16 and elsewhere. In 2018, she received the New Ohio Review Editor’s Prize for non-fiction. Best American Essays listed her work as “Notable” in 2018, 2019, and 2020. A former professor at MTSU, she now works as a freelance writer and editor. She can be found at janemarcellus.com.
Jane is new to The Porch. Welcome!