Online Class: Nina Schuyler - Making Metaphors

Saturday, October 29th, 2022

Hosted and Recorded via Zoom • 10:30am-12:00pm PT • $60


Whenever I read a metaphor, something alters, and a rival reality emerges. If someone’s hair color is compared to basil, the world that previously kept those two things apart is made anew. “Every metaphor or simile is a little explosion of fiction within the larger fiction of the novel or story,” writes James Wood. Magically, with this explosion, a new way of seeing emerges. We’ll explore why metaphors are so powerful, but the main focus will be trying out different strategies for how to make them. By the end of the class, you’ll come away better able to create your own original metaphors.  

Nina Schuyler’s new novel, Afterword, will be published in May 2023 by Clash Books. Her short story collection, In this Ravishing World, won the W.S. Porter Prize for Short Story Collections and the Prism Prize for Climate Literature and will be published by Regal House Publishing in 2024. She teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco and Stanford Continuing Education.



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