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Saturday Session 4 ~ 3:30-5pm

NEW! Brown | The Uses of The Body

NEW CLASS! In many ways, every story is about the body. No one lives apart from theirs, and so no writer, speaker or character exists fully removed from the simultaneously fragile and indispensable fact of a corporeal existence. Stories are lived in bodies and made in them; language itself is created in breathing and muscle, in gesture, contraction, release. But In this generative workshop we’ll take a look at the way several writers have explicitly conjured the physical reality(ies) of the body on the page, in both poetry and prose, in health and illness, in youth and aging. Then, we’ll use these models as a jumping off point to write and share our own stories in, and of, the body.

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Saturday Session 3 ~ 1:30-3pm

NEW! Teague | Repeating Repeating

NEW CLASS! Repetition—from sounds to full rhymes, to refrain lines in forms such as the pantoum or villanelle, to syntactical repetition—is central to the music and meaning of poetry. In this workshop, we’ll look at fantastic uses of repetition in poems by Maria Hummel, Tracy K. Smith, Natalie Diaz, and others, and consider the range of effects repetition can have, as well as Gertrude Stein’s idea that there is actually no such thing as repetition, only insistence. And we’ll try out a range of repetitive techniques in short poem exercises.

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Classes 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 a reader put a poem down and never revisit it? Then we’ll write in response to a prompt using some of the techniques we discuss. This workshop is designed to generate new work. You’ll leave with strategies you can use in your own work.

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Classes 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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Classes Saturday 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 shows us all kinds of communication between plants and animals. What if we DO let clouds, elk, lupine speak? What if we imagine the inner minds of plants and birds and allow them agency? Can that expand empathy and perhaps care? Is there a way to do so ethically, filled with nuanced awareness of the science and life history of the non-human, and with an eco-justice mind? Can we invite and allow feelings without smearing ourselves across other species? We’ll read examples, jump-start ourselves with writing exercises, and discuss the opportunities and dangers of both embracing and avoiding personification.

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Classes 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 the record, of reclaiming injustice look like?

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Classes 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.

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Session 2 ~ 11-12:30pm Session 7 ~ 1:30-3pm

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Classes Saturday Session 4 ~ 3:30-5pm

Teague | “Myriad-minded” Poems: Exploring Etymology and Sound

CLASS FULL