Workshop Catalog – Poetry

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Molly McCully Brown

You Can Get There from Here: Poems of History, Poems of Witness


March 26 to April 20, 2018

The poet Carolyn Forché describes Poetry of Witness as poetry that takes place between the realms of the political and the personal, in a space she calls the social: a space that lets us approach the “public” events of history, and the world around, us... [more]

Nickole Brown

Writing the Age of Loneliness: Ecoliteracy and the Writer’s Task


April 30 to May 25, 2018

We are now in the throes of a sixth mass extinction of plants and animals. Some call it the Antropocene, but biologist E.O. Wilson said it may be called by scientists and poets alike the Eremozoic, meaning “The Age of Loneliness.” If we take the worries of climate change and... [more]

Tyree Daye

Writing the I: Giving our Poems a Self


April 30 to May 25, 2018

The moment the poet comes up for air (consciousness vs subconscious), the poem starts to develop identity. The moment the poet submerges in the subconscious, the images of the poem begin to develop. This workshop is framed around Barbara Guest’s... [more]

Tim Earley

Wild Diction: Poetry Workshop


February 19 to March 16, 2018

In a 1968 review of Cormac McCarthy’s Outer Dark, titled “Appalachian Gothic,” Guy Davenport writes, “The bookish diction complements the countrified one”—an apt observation for a novel that moves quickly from, “I wisht I could, she said. I ain’t never... [more]

Ansel Elkins

Poetry and Social Justice: Writing Toward Empathy and Change


April 30 to May 25, 2018

“Poetry,” writes Lawrence Ferlinghetti, is “the shortest distance between two humans.” How can we write poems that bridge this distance? How can we channel our passions for social change into poems that can change hearts and minds? In this workshop, we... [more]

Ron Houchin

Courting the Muse: A Poetry Workshop


March 26 to April 20, 2018

It used to be called “courting the muse”–the effort it takes to keep the imagination going, to reply to one’s own life and landscape. In this course we will keep a book of replies, replies to things we observe and to the prompts provided. We will work daily... [more]

Rebecca Gayle Howell

Writing the Christ-Haunted South


March 26 to April 20, 2018

“But approaching the subject from the standpoint of the writer,” Flannery O’Connor wrote, “I think it is safe to say that while the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted. The Southerner, who isn’t convinced of it, is very much afraid that he may... [more]

George Ella Lyon

Voice Lessons


April 30 to May 25, 2018

Do you ever feel like you can’t hear your own voice? Do you sometimes sense its presence but find yourself unable to bring it to the page? Do you struggle to believe in your words or to share them once they’re written? Are you looking for ways to ground... [more]