Sense of Adventure: Surprise! How Taking Chances Can Invigorate Your Poems

Regular $210.00
Member $189.00
March 19, 2021-April 23, 2021
4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Open to All Levels
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
6 Week
Sense of Adventure Emily Wolahan

This class is offered as part of the Loft's Sense of Adventure theme.

Taking chances, common in experimental writing and art, has a lot to offer writers—even non-experimental ones.

Be prepared to try out some innovative ways of composing, such as collage, erasure, duplexes, golden shovels, centos, diaries, and bureaucratic forms, in this playful poetry class. We’ll read a mixture of poetry and hybrid texts, such as work by Haryette Mullen, Yeddah Morrison, Terrance Hayes, Veronica Gerber Bicecci and Brenda Hillman, to see how experiments can be turned into crafted choices made by writers.

We’ll do a lot of writing—trying out new tactics in order to develop our own sensibilities. Experimentation doesn’t mean changing how you write—it means finding a more full understanding of who you are as a writer and where you can go. As Robert Frost reminds us, “No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader.”

Instructions for Accessing This Online Class

In order to access live class meetings, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. The information to join your Zoom classroom will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration. Please check spam folders if you do not see this email upon registration. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.

Some classes use a supplemental Google Classroom page. Should your teaching artist use Google Classroom, you will be invited to join the classroom via email at least 24 hours in advance of your class (check spam folders if you are not seeing this invitation). Please note that Google Classroom requires a Gmail address to access the Classroom. If you do not have a Gmail account, the email invitation will be sent to the email address we have on file and will prompt you to create a free account or enter an existing account to join the classroom. If we are unable to send an email invitation to your non-gmail account, you will be contacted by a staff member to provide a Gmail address. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.