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Creative Writing: Using Concrete Images

  • The Chattery at Chattanooga WorkSpace 302 West 6th Street, Ste 3L Chattanooga, TN 37404 United States (map)

Writing with concrete images instead of generic language will bring any type of writing to life. Concrete imagery uses vivid descriptions to communicate concepts and scenes with sensory language.

In this class, we will practice writing with specific, concrete images that add substance and beauty to poems, short stories, essays, novels, blogs, interviews, creative nonfiction, and reportage.

Instead of writing ‘my heart is heavy,’ you might write—"my heart is a bowling ball” or, instead of ‘What a beautiful bouquet’ you might write “the lilies were cream with orange tongues. They were laughing.”

We will write and share our writing. (Sharing is always optional.)

Supplies: We will provide pen and paper. Please bring your own notebooks, tablet or laptop if you prefer.

About the teacher:

Rebecca Cook is a writer, performer, speaker, and preacher. She has read her work in many venues, large and small, and is always eager to share her writing or give a lecture. She taught creative writing at UTC (2004-2014) and mentors in Creative Nonfiction’s Mentoring Program. Her writing can be found in journals large and small--from the tiny Waugh Street Journal to the prestigious Georgia Review. She has published a poetry collection, a poetry chapbook, and an e-novel with small, independent presses. Her poems have appeared in the Romanian journals Convorbiri Literare and Poesis, and she has co-translated two collections of Romanian poems with Olimpia Iacob. Her most recent publications are The Best Man in the World, a chapbook with poet Jenny Sadre-Orafai, and The Shape of Water, a Romanian/English book of poems alongside poet Talvescu Dumitru.

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