4-Week Online The Practice of Writing Poetry, Starts March 1st, 2021
Class Starts March 1st, 2021
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“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart,” William Wordsworth wrote.
“Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history,” said Plato.
We know poets are supposed to have a unique ability to “tell all the truth but tell it slant,” but where does one start? How do you write “the best words in the best order” with a blank page staring you in the face?
This four-week workshop will help you develop a poetry-writing practice that meets your own unique needs. We’ll build skills to defeat writer’s block when it strikes while still writing about the topics that are meaningful—and enjoyable—for you.
Using brainstorming exercises, hybrid writing prompts and some willingness to experiment, this workshop will focus on generating new work. While these exercises are aimed at poets, they can benefit writers of all genres. Participants will come away with a solid portfolio of new poems and ideas to keep them going long after the workshop ends.
- Lots of new writing.
- A deeper sense of your writing and unique gifts as a writer.
- New friends who are on the same journey.
- A feeling of creative playfulness and possibility.
- Creative courage.
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:
This class is entirely asynchronous with weekly deadlines and there is plenty of interaction with Sarah and your peers within Wet Ink, our dedicated online classroom. Craft materials, lectures, reading assignments, and writing prompts are all available through the online classroom. Students also post work and provide and receive feedback within the online classroom environment. You can get the work done as you see fit week-to-week, so it is perfect for any schedule. There are discussion questions each week inspired by the assigned readings and topics in the lecture notes. Students are encouraged to take these wherever is most compelling and/or useful for them. Each writer will also submit writing for workshop, receiving feedback from their peers as well as Sarah; follow-up questions and conversations often occur. Sarah engages with these discussions throughout the week.
Instructor: Sarah Carson
Class size limited to 10 writers
Starts March 1, 2021
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 Sarah Carson is the author of two poetry collections—Buick City (Mayapple Press) and Poems in which You Die (BatCat Press)—as well as four chapbooks. Her work has appeared in Cream City Review, Guernica, the Minnesota Review, the Nashville Review and New Ohio Review, among others. Her story “Self-portrait” appeared on Wigleaf’s Top 50 Short Fictions list, and her poem “How to Baptize a Child in Flint, Michigan” was awarded the Copper Nickel Editors Prize. She has been a recipient of a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a finalist for the Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and an Honorary Ringmaster of a Flint, Michigan circus. You can find her work at sarahamycarson.wordpress.com.