Have you always loved poetry but didn’t know how to begin with writing your own? Are you intimidated but intrigued by the art form, with its marriage of “sound and sense?” Have you been writing poetry secretly for years, but kept it all hidden in drawer or safely ensconced in the pages of your journal? In this 4-week workshop, we will dive (no toe-dipping!) into the sea of image, rhythm, music and dream that constitutes poetry, exploring and discovering how poems are generated, crafted and refined. Each week, there will be writing prompts that will surprise and inspire the imagination, as well as discussions on craft through the reading and sharing of poetry by masters ancient and contemporary.
Each week you will be provided with recommended reading and ideas for adventures in writing to embark on at home. Expect to be delightfully nudged out of your usual habits with language and discover yourself as a poet in the process! This class is appropriate for total beginners to those who want a refresher or who write in other genres but want to venture into verse.
In this 4 week workshop, you will:
- Learn the basic elements of a poem (line, image, rhythm, space) and how to use these to create meaning and power
- Read the work of other poets with a refined ear and appreciation for craft
- Explore a variety of styles and forms through writing prompts
- Write new material and receive feedback from peers and workshop leader to encourage bravery and hone your skills
This workshop is not currently scheduled.
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