Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mama's Got a Brand-New Bag

Starting in September I will be teaching a poetry workshop. I'm very excited about this!!! I have been writing poems since high school, and have gotten published in a few prestigious journals, and am nearly finished with my book manuscript. I've taught a bunch of composition classes, but this is the first time I get to lead a class in an exploration of what I love. Here's the blurb:

Poetry Writing Workshop: Releasing the Voice Within

Each one of us has our own unique voice, and many of us don’t have the opportunity to express ourselves with the written word. In this workshop, students will examine and discuss poems written by contemporary poets, referring to poems in a variety of styles as jumping-off points for their own experimentation. Each class meeting will include a lecture on writing craft, literary devices, form, and interpretation, yet the focus of the class is the students’ own writing. While exploring the art of making poems, students will engage in exercises both in and out of class that are designed to provoke thought and stimulate the creation of original poems. This class is a safe space for creative play, experimentation with form and voice, and giving and receiving feedback in a small community of empathetic and honest fellow poets.

Classes begin Wednesday, September 10th at 7:30pm and run for 10 weeks. Students need bring only a notebook and pen. Location: First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, 124 Henry Street.

Please contact me if you are interested in this class, and also please send this info to friends of yours who write! Thanks...

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