Dear Reader: Using Letters as a Poet

Regular $234.00
Member $210.60
September 23, 2020-November 4, 2020
Online—Flex Schedule
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6 Week
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Whether or not we regularly write longhand letters to friends and family, most of us are writing correspondence all the time through emails, texts, and birthday cards, just to name a few examples. What are the genre-bending possibilities for incorporating elements of correspondence and epistolary forms into our poetry? In this class, poets will write five new poems that borrow the conventions of various kinds of letters including digital epistles, love letters, postcard poetry, fictional correspondence, and more.

We’ll explore what it means to work with a letter’s direct address to readers and how using epistolary containers can help catalyze new poems. Among our readings will be selections from David Hernandez’s Dear Sincerely, Joe Wenderoth’s Letters to Wendy’s, Julie Marie Wade’s Postage Due, Monica Hand’s Me and Nina, Stacey Waite’s Butch Geography, and Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo’s Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge. Students will spend 25% of class time reading, 50% writing, and 25% of time giving casual feedback and contributing to discussions.

Flex Classes are completely online and asynchronous, meaning you can complete the course work on your own schedule. They do run week-to-week so a cohort of students can work together, but you can log in any time during the week. There are no live meetings to schedule around, so these classes are ideal for people with unpredictable schedules. Because you can sign on any time during the week to complete your tasks, and because there is no live video conferencing, they are also a good option for people with unreliable Internet access.

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