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Session 6 @ 11-12:30pm Sunday

Dickman | Ode to an Enemy

I believe that empathy is one of the most powerful ingredients found in the creative act of writing. In this spirit we will visit the celebratory form of odes: briefly look at its history, read some examples from Neruda and others, and write one ourselves though not to a Grecian Urn but instead to a perceived enemy.

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Session 5 @ 9-10:30am Sunday

Marshall | Exploring the Underbelly

In this revision workshop, participants will discuss the specifics of the nebulous and idiosyncratic practice of revision. Together, we will examine a published poem in its nascent and then its mature state and discuss the types of changes authors make. Afterward, participants will be led through a revision exercise that invites them to read and re-see syntax, line, diction, sonic texture, redundancy, and content. Participants will need to arrive with some works in progress.

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Session 5 @ 9-10:30am Sunday

Brown | You Can Get There from Here: Poems of History, Poems of Witness

CLASS FULL

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Session 5 @ 9-10:30am Sunday

Chen | Attending to Our Breathing: Exploring Space and the Line

Poetry and hybrid forms often circle around the space between the lines, what’s underneath the surface. In this workshop, we will consider the breath in our writing via a consideration of the white space and line break in our writings.

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Saturday Session 4 @ 3:30-5pm

Marshall | Poetic Turns and Last Lines

In this workshop, we will look at the turns and concluding or lines of poems and discuss how the writers establish a clear situation and then surprise the reader and open up the poem. We discuss and what makes interesting and compelling endings and answer the questions: What makes readers read it again? What makes […]

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Saturday Session 3 @ 1:30-3pm

Brown | The Landscape of the Lyric Essay

CLASS FULL

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Saturday Session 3 @ 1:30-3pm

NEW! Perrine | Abundance and Order: Assembling a Poetry Manuscript

How do you go from 20 or 50 or 100 pages of individual poems to a chapbook or book manuscript that you’re ready to send to publishers? This class will offer a range of methods for assembling a poetry collection, including questions and exercises that will help you identify themes in your writing, experiment with sequence and structure, and recognize opportunities for revision or further development. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask your questions about publication, and you’ll leave the class with a list of additional steps you can take before hitting “send” on your manuscript.

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Session 1 @ 9-10:30am

Bradfield | Reconsidering Personification

For so long, we’ve been taught to avoid personification of the non-human as a sentimental pitfall, borne of the Romantics and, most iconically, Wordsworth wandering “lonely as a cloud,” devoid of social or biological tethers. But holding ourselves apart might not be doing us — or non-human beings — any kind of service. Recent science […]

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Saturday Session 1 @ 9-10:30am

Nguyen | Resistance: Writing About or Against Aggressions

In this craft session, we will look at pieces which address everyday aggressions: micro and macro. Some of these may be pieces which are in dialogue with another piece of creative writing, or in response to a personal or social incident in real life. What does intentional writing as an act of resistance, of rectifying […]

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Saturday Session 1 @ 9-10:30am

Chen | Listening to the World: Writing in Haibun

This generative workshop focuses on the art of reading and writing haibun, a hybrid Japanese form which includes prose and haiku. We will explore classic and contemporary examples by writers including Matsuo Basho, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Mark Nowak and Tamiko Beyer. Through guided prompts, we will try our hand at composing our own haibun.