Trease | Unsolving Mysteries: How to Have Fun with Strangeness and the Unexplainable

Matt Trease

In this workshop we’ll explore some simple group and individual exercises adapted from children’s games that can open up poem writing to thoughts, feelings, and images that truly surprise us (and by proxy our readers). If you’ve grown bored with your writing, found yourself plagued with writer’s block, or often feel like you have little to say, these deceptively simple “games” will show you a side of yourself you haven’t seen in a while. As we play, we’ll look at the poems you generate and discuss things like what it means to trust your intuition, how perception shapes voice, and how paradox might be more true than “common sense.” All you need to bring is some paper, a pencil/pen, and a willingness to try new things.