Revising and Polishing Your Poems (with Gail Thomas)
For most poets revision can be daunting, and yet it is the most important step for creating work that resonates with readers. If you aren’t receiving regular feedback from a writing group or would value a different perspective, this workshop will provide tools for discovering what your poems need. We will explore issues of craft including line breaks, tense, voice, form, and imagery. Each session will focus on giving and receiving feedback on poems that you want to improve in an atmosphere of respect. Between sessions you will revise and polish. In the last session we will focus on presenting your best work: the importance of formatting and titles, reading your work aloud, and perseverance in the face of rejection. Participants will prepare a packet of poems that have been polished from previous weeks with an eye towards either reading in public or seeking publication.
GAIL THOMAS has published four books of poetry: Odd Mercy (2016), Waving Back (2015), No Simple Wilderness: An Elegy for Swift River Valley (2001) and Finding the Bear (1997). Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Beloit Poetry Journal, Calyx, The North American Review, Hanging Loose, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. She was awarded residencies at The McDowell Colony in New Hampshire and Ucross in Wyoming. As one of the original teaching artists for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Elder Arts Initiative, Thomas led workshops and collaborated with dancers, musicians and storytellers in schools, nursing homes, hospitals and libraries across the state. You may read more about her work at www.gailthomaspoet.com.
When: Sundays, November 3, 10, and 17 (1 - 3pm)
Where: Commons Coworking, Williamsburg MA