February 25, 2019–March 1, 2019
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Aspects of Poetic Craft: Generating New Work
On-the-spot writing prompts, especially those using other poems as springboards, often enable us to break through blocks and open up new paths of imaginative thought.
This week-long intensive provides the prompts, the structure of a predetermined time and place to write, and a community of writers with whom you can share work and discuss your insights into poetic process. Each day will involve embarking on two writing journeys to generate new material: one using poems by master poets (which we will discuss in detail in class) and one using a more open-ended approach.
The idea is not to necessarily finish a poem, but to generate material without the crushing pressure of "completion," following lines of thought, tangents and side paths, and entering the playful, surprising and exciting generative phase of poetic creation.
Each day, using poems by master poets, we will also explore one aspect of craft: the music of the line, the figurative image, voice and point of view, effective transitions, and how to 'hear' what is really at the heart of the writing and so begin to revise and consciously direct your work towards a completed poem.
No experience necessary. Bring a lunch! Copy fee of $5.00