Start with Art: maximize metaphor
Class 2 (of 4)
START WITH ART is a four-class series that focuses on five foundation elements aimed at enhancing your writing, i.e. storytelling. Each class, two weeks in duration, can also be taken as a standalone.
In the foreword to I Is An Other author James Geary writes that “… metaphor pervades our daily lives and daily minds. There is no aspect of our experience not molded in some way by metaphor’s almost imperceptible touch. Once you twig to metaphor’s modus operandi, you’ll find its fingerprints on absolutely everything.”
As writers, twigging to Metaphor’s modus operandi is a must. In this class we explore Metaphor’s complexities and pervasiveness. To raise our awareness around this more-than-a-literary device we begin by observing a Visual Metaphor. Through this portal we meet, cursorily, because they are an extensive clan, the Metaphor family. We then work to find original ways to metaphorically express emotions, abstract concepts, complex ideas, relationships, and practically anything else.
By getting up close and personal with Metaphor, we also experience the power of concise vocabulary and of working with an economy of words.
• recognize the cultural dominance/power of Metaphor
• work with an economy of words
• practice conciseness in writing
• exercise our collective imaginations by brainstorming for new associations
• write using our own unique Metaphors
WHAT THIS CLASS OFFERS
Week 1: Recognizing Metaphor when we see/hear it
We raise our awareness around Metaphor’s presence in our language and culture by visiting the etymology, historical usage and some modern iterations of Metaphor. The intention is to better acquaint ourselves with Metaphor, but with an ulterior motive: learn to economize with words while adding literary color and conciseness to our work.
Week 2: Inventing our own
Together, as creative thinkers, we brainstorm. We give our imaginations time to process the juxtaposing of unlike things, which lends to skewing our perspective. Often, unexpected similarities will emerge, meaning we now have method for producing original Metaphors for use in our own writings.
ABOUT JANE MONTEAGLE
Jane Monteagle taught herself to draw, paint, and write by reading books on those crafts and practicing, practicing, practicing. Born a Kwaussi, a cross between a Kiwi and an Aussie, she has resided in sunny Santa Monica for over thirty years. She entered Antioch University when she was fifty-two and achieved a B.A. in Liberal Studies, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and a post-graduate Certificate in Creative Writing. Her teaching profession began with an assignment in the Los Angeles County Jail. She is the co-founder of a business that advocates for incarceration reform by conducting restorative justice-centered workshops in the state prison system. Her short story “Letter Home” received an Honorable Mention in the Inspirational Category of the 2000 Writer’s Digest Competition,
She was selected to show in the Malibu Art Association juried fine art exhibition, 2007. Both her Y.A. novel and illustrated Young Reader are being shopped for publishing.