Facilitated by Heather





Central Branch Library 
Kingston ON, K7K 2P4

Workshop Description

A dead metaphor is a turn of phrase that has been used so often, it loses its significance. New writers often fall victim to these clichéd turns of phrase in their writing.

In this workshop, we’ll be exploring different methods of creating unique, original metaphors, so that we can leave old fashioned tropes behind. A well-developed metaphor can bring your work – whether you specialize in poetry or prose – to life. The workshop includes three lessons – Using the Senses, Drawing Connections, and Flip the Script – that you can carry with you into your regular writing practice. Each lesson will include a writing portion, as well as an opportunity to share your work and receive feedback both from the workshop leader and from the group.

Requirements/Materials Needed

Pen and Paper/Notebook 

Alyssa Cooper

Alyssa Cooper is a Canadian author and poet living in Kingston, Ontario with her partner, two cats, and a Boston Terrier. First published in 2008, she is the author of four novels, a short story collection, and two poetry collections, as well as having her work included in publications such as Postscripts to Darkness, The Ottawa Arts Review, and The Dalhousie Review. She is a staff writer for a local literary journal, FreeLit Magazine, and the Communications Director for Skeleton Park Arts Festival. An active spoken word performer, Alyssa has performed at festivals, conferences, and special events from Gananoque to Toronto, including Kingston WritersFest and the Voices of Today festival.

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