This six-week workshop will focus on events in the life of a poem: phases the poem passes through as it is conceived and created, revised and edited, shared or published. Our sessions will focus on these events:
- the poem's emergence from out of other writing
- the poem's companion poems (the series or cycle)
- the poem arrayed on a page
- the poem accompanied by prose on a page
Writing prompts will be sent out between meetings, so that throughout the six weeks, we will be composing our own poems, taking each phase in the life of our poems into account. Brief talks, along with readings and discussions of relevant samples of a wide variety of poems, will allow us to study each event separately. Other sessions will include time for practice reading poetry out loud and feedback on drafts. Participants can expect to explore familiar and new formal elements in poetry, improve their editing and revising skills, and finish with a new short manuscript of poems, all in an energetic, encouraging environment.
DETAILS: COST AND DATES
$175/participant (includes weekly handouts).
Bring a friend special: $300 for two people signing up together!
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Meetings (from 6-8 PM):
Alejandro de Acosta has over twenty years of experience teaching writing. He has taught poetry and philosophy in and out of school settings. In Austin, Texas he founded mufa::poema, a micropress that freely distributed a dozen poetry and prose chapbooks. His poetry translations include Micrograms by Jorge Carrera Andrade and Five Meters of Poems by Carlos Oquendo de Amat.