Young Writers' Workshops (with Adam Grabowski)
Poetry Workshop for Teens: It's What Your Words Don't Say
Saturday, April 27 (1-5pm) in Williamsburg MA
When we first start writing poetry, there can be a natural instinct to just say everything. But here’s the interesting thing—there’s often just as much power in what we hold back. Knowing when and where to leave room for the imagination is one of the best tools a poet can have in their tool box. In this four-hour, generative workshop we’ll first spend some time getting to know each other as poets and what it is we want our poems to say. We’ll also explore ways that we can use imagery and specific details to create strong poems that will keep a reader engaged without hitting them over the head. This is a workshop for any teenager (14-18) with a passion for writing and a desire to explore what that writing can be. Attendees can expect a lot of opportunities to write and discuss their work all within a safe, validating environment. There will be a lunch break in the middle.
Welcome to Poetry! Writing Workshop for Middle-Schoolers
Sunday, May 5 (1-4pm)
Do you like to write poems? Or have you always wanted to try but just…couldn’t? Either way, this will be a great first class for you. In this three-hour class we’ll start by taking some time to get to know each other and talk about why we like to write. We’ll also look at examples of a few different ways people have written poems in the past. And then (of course!) we’ll write some poems of our own, with an emphasis on free verse. I'd like to try writing one poem together as a class. My goal for you is to walk out the door with some new poems, some new ideas, and increased believe in yourself as a poet, feeling forever welcomed into the fellowship of people who see things differently, better.
About the Instructor
ADAM GRABOWSKI's poems have appeared in DMQ Review, The Rattling Wall, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, and elsewhere. He has poems in the forthcoming anthologies What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Rage in the Age of Trump and The Girl Who Turned into a Moth: Contemporary Poets on Autism, edited by Martín Espada and Sean Dougherty, respectively. He is currently an MFA candidate at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He lives in Holyoke MA, with his wife and two children. Find him at www.adamgrabowskipoetry.wordpress.com.