September 17, 2019–October 22, 2019
Becoming a Public Poet
Do you have trouble knowing when your work is “done?” Do you have a lot of work you’ve finished that’s sitting in a drawer? Are you looking for feedback on your completed poems? Do you wish you could be more specific when discussing you work and the work you love? Are you not sure what to do next? Participants will bring ten poems to class that they feel are close to being candidates for submission. Among other topics related to being a public writer, we’ll talk about revision strategies, putting together a submission, and choosing places to submit.
Together we’ll look at the end of the writing cycle—final revisions, submissions, and placing your work in the world (both in readings and publications). Before the class is over, we’ll turn back toward generating new material. This experience will help emerging writers to be more confident in discussing and promoting their own work, and in taking steps toward becoming a public writer.
By the end of class, each participant will have submitted at least one set of poems, and will leave with a new set of prompts and ideas for staying engaged with their work.
Please obtain a copy of The Best American Poetry 2019, and please ensure you have at least 8-10 poems to bring to class to work on.