Risk & Rigor
This class ushers the hesitant or rusty writer past stages of creative uncertainty. How often are we hindered by our inner voice that confirms we are either too busy or too fearful to sustain our own writing? Participants are asked to take leaps of faith through workshop of existing poems and through generative writing exercises. We begin to understand the act of writing involves release of self-censorship and self-editing in order to allow one’s creativity to come alive. We will examine existing poems for narrative, music, memory, monologue, and observance of the minutia. In-class guidance will help students understand future possibilities for their poems in a safe and supportive environment. The challenge of revision provides the amount of rigor needed to make real poems from raw material. The goal is to produce clear, well executed writing and most importantly to develop good writing habits that will sustain themselves.
* The teaching artist will read and review student work in advance of class. Students are asked to submit 1-2 poems ahead of time for workshop.