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4-Week Online Prose Poem Workshop, Starts June 22, 2020
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4-Week Online Prose Poem Workshop, Starts June 22, 2020

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Begins Monday, June 22, 2020


This course is taught by Sebastián Hasani Páramo, whose work has been published by TriQuarterly, The Missouri Review, Blackbird, The Kenyon Review Online, Southwest Review, & North American Review, among others.

In the age where genre and categories are becoming blurred and poets are selling novels and memoirs on par with our best-selling novels, the literary world has embraced hybridity and lyricism in prose. Whether you’re a poet or a prose writer, this class is designed to ask you to explore where you draw the line when it comes to form informing your content. In this 4-week, mixed genre course, we will write under pressure, meaning we will discuss craft and forms and use that to generate new works. Can you write an essay in the form of a syllabus? Can you write a poem as a Wikipedia entry? What is a prose poem and can you use it to write your dating bio? We will read from Jane Allison’s Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative and see if we can extend those conversations to various modes of writing. Various examples of genre-bending pieces will be shared via PDF or online.

Each week, we will talk about the assigned readings, participate in writing exercises, and—most importantly—discuss each other’s work. Students will have two opportunities to have their work critiqued (up to 3 poems each time), and they will receive feedback from the instructor as well as their classmates. In addition to providing written feedback, students will also be expected to adhere to respectful and open-minded workshopping standards.

NOTE: Students are required to purchase Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative by Jane Allison.
  • Instructor: Sebastián Hasani Páramo

  • Class size limited to 10 writers

  • Starts June 22nd

  • Course is fully ONLINE; students can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.

Instructor Sebastián Hasani Páramo's is a CantoMundo Fellow. His work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in TriQuarterly, Missouri Review, Blackbird, Kenyon Review, Southwest Review, Pleiades, North American Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, among others. He is the founding editor of THE BOILER. He has received scholarships and awards from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Vermont Studio Center. He holds a PhD in English and creative writing at the University of North Texas, an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and will be the 2021 Jesse H. Jones Fellow through the Dobie Paisano Fellowship Program, sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Institute of Letters. The former Managing Editor for American Literary Review, he has taught creative writing and writing courses at Texas Christian University, Southern Methodist University, and the University of North Texas. He also is the co-founded of Pegasus Reading Series in Dallas and The Burning Plain in Denton.

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