Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents The Animals in Our Lives, a six-week poetry workshop with Lynn Domina, April 5 – May 10, 2021. The class will be held online Mondays, from 6 to 8 pm. Once they register and pay, participants will be given instructions on how to join the class.

From the instructor:

Remember that gerbil you had as a child, how you took him outside one morning, how he ran off, and how anxious you were until you found him? Or think about that hummingbird you saw whirring outside your window last summer—what metaphors could you use to describe that hummingbird? Or, how is the hummingbird a metaphor for you and your life? When you hear the word “animal,” do you first think about all of the animals that are gone from our lives through extinction?

In this workshop, we’ll write poems in response to animals—the cuddly and the fierce, the awesome and the ugly, those here now and those here no more. We’ll focus particularly on how concrete imagery and figurative language can improve our craft. The instructor will provide optional prompts as well as many sample poems.

Lynn DominaLynn Domina is the author of numerous books, including two collections of poetry, Corporal Works and Framed in Silence. Her recent poetry appears or is forthcoming in The Alaska Quarterly Review, The Museum of Americana, The New England Review, Stone Canoe, and many other periodicals and anthologies. After living for many years in Delhi, NY, she moved to Marquette, Michigan, in 2015. She currently serves as head of the English department at Northern Michigan University and as Creative Writing Editor for The Other Journal.

To register for this class, e-mail writersinthemountains@gmail.com. To register online, visit writersinthemountains.org. Class fee is $100 if you register and pay by March 15, and $125 after that.

Writers in the Mountains is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation and sharing of creative writing.