The Practice of Writing Poetry 4-Week Online Workshop, Starts Wednesday, February 7th, 2024
Class Starts Wednesday, February 7th, 2024
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Led by Sarah Carson, whose poetry has appeared in Diagram, Guernica, The Missouri Review, and more. Sarah is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, including How to Baptize a Child in Flint, Michigan (Persea Books, November 2022).
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart,” William Wordsworth wrote.
“Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history,” said Plato.
This four-week workshop will examine the act of writing poetry as a practice—something we engage in continually in order to make meaning and give language to the ineffable.
We will discuss how writers can develop a poetry-writing practice that meets their unique needs, and we’ll build skills to defeat writer’s block when it strikes while still writing about topics that are meaningful—and enjoyable.
Using brainstorming exercises, hybrid writing prompts and some willingness to experiment, this workshop will focus on generating new work, and students will have a chance each week to share a new piece of writing for feedback.
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.COURSE TAKEAWAYS:
- 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 which means you complete the weekly assignments on your own schedule. There are no set meeting times in order to allow for greater participation; your cohort will consist of writers from across different time zones, which allows for a wonderful diversity of voices.
Along with your weekly deadlines 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. Sarah engages with these discussions throughout the week and you will receive feedback from all assigned writing activities.
HOW DOES WET INK WORK?
Wet Ink was built and designed specifically for online writing classes. Wet Ink is private, easy to use, and very interactive. You can learn more about the Wet Ink platform by Watching a Class Demo.
Instructor: Sarah Carson
Starts Wednesday, February 7th, 2024
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's poetry and other writing has appeared in Diagram, Guernica, The Missouri Review, Nashville Review, and Waxwing, among others. She is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, including How to Baptize a Child in Flint, Michigan (Persea Books, November 2022). Read more of her work at stuffsarahwrote.com.