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The Southwest Festival of the Written Word is sponsoring a free writing workshop at the Silver City Public Library: Deepening Metaphors. The workshop will be Monday, August 3, 3:00-4:00pm, and will be led by Eve West Bessier, M.Ed. Certified Life Coach and

Poet Laureate of Silver City and Grant County. The workshop was previously scheduled for Monday, March 9.

“The metaphor is a powerful tool for creating layers of meaning and visually engaging description. Using one of my favorite poems by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, N. Scott Momaday as a guide, I will lead us in exploring how to deepen the metaphor and enrich our own work, whether poetry or prose.

“This free workshop will include three approximately 20-minute sections.

“Section One: We will read N. Scott Momaday’s poem, “Delight Song of Tsoai-talee.” Copies will be provided. We will discuss his metaphors. What makes them powerful? Then we will create some metaphors of our own together.

“Section Two: We will have 20 minutes to write our own “Delight Song” poems, focusing on creating strong metaphors.

“Section Three: We will have 20 minutes to share our writing with each other.

“Please bring a notebook and pen with you for the writing time.” -Eve West Bessier

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Southwest Word Fiesta™ or its steering committee.

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We respectfully acknowledge that the entirety of southwestern New Mexico is the traditional territory, since time immemorial, of the Chis-Nde, also known as the people of the Chiricahua Apache Nation. The Chiricahua Apache Nation is recognized as a sovereign Native Nation by the United States in the Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Friendship of 1 July 1852 (10 Stat. 979) (Treaty of Santa Fe ratified 23 March 1853 and proclaimed by President Franklin Pierce 25 March 1853).

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