Short & Sweet & Maybe Sour: The Art of Writing Short Poems (with Gail Thomas) - ONLINE
Some of the most powerful and memorable poems are short – they pack a punch and linger. How to craft such a poem? Compression, imagery, tension, sounds, surprise. We will study examples by a diverse group of poets to discover techniques that work to create these gems. Participants will write each week using prompts or ideas gleaned from our discussions. Writers will receive feedback on their works in progress. Open to poets of any level, this workshop will illustrate how to use craft to deepen their work. All levels. Limited to 10 writers.
WHEN: 3 Weeks: Sundays, December 3 - 17 (10am - 12pm EST)
WHERE: Online, via Zoom video conference
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
GAIL THOMAS's published books are: Leaving Paradise, Trail of Roots, Odd Mercy, Waving Back, No Simple Wilderness: An Elegy for Swift River Valley, and Finding the Bear. Trail of Roots won the A. V. Christie Series of Seven Kitchens Press, Odd Mercy, chosen by Ellen Bass, won the Charlotte Mew Prize of Headmistress Press, and Waving Back was named a Must Read by the Massachusetts Center for the Book and Honorable Mention by the New England Book Festival. Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies including The Beloit Poetry Journal, Calyx, The North American Review, Italian Americana, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. Individual poems have won prizes including the Naugatuck River Review’s Narrative Poetry Prize, Quartet Journal's Editor's Prize, and the Pat Schneider Poetry Prize. Gail has been a fellow at The McDowell Colony and Ucross. An experienced educator, she lives in Northampton and has retired from Smith College. She teaches, speaks at conferences and poetry festivals, and reads her work widely in community and academic settings.
WEEK ONE: Less is More
We'll read and discuss many short poems from both traditional and contemporary writers to discover why brevity and compression make them effective.
WEEK TWO: Imagery and Sound
Our focus will be on isolating fresh images and paying attention to the use of sound and rhythm to create a satisfying whole.
WEEK THREE: Beginnings and Endings
Both the opening and closing line of a poem do a lot of work in a short poem. We'll examine different ways to approach this important craft work.
GOALS OF THIS COURSE
- Gain exposure to a wide range of diverse writers who write short poems.
- Understand what makes short poems most effective.
- Generate ideas and structure for new poems.
- Expand skills in giving thoughtful feedback to others.
- Receive supportive and considered feedback from instructor and group.
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ONLINE SESSIONS happen remotely, via Zoom video conference. All you need is a laptop, computer, or phone with functioning audio and a webcam. Those who RSVP receive directions and a link to "join" the session via email (please see above note about receiving the Zoom link). All online instructors will log on to the video conference a few minutes before the start of the session, so please plan to log on early if you'd like assistance! We'll do everything in our power to help you get comfortable with the Zoom format, though we are not able to offer technical assistance beyond basic Zoom orientation.
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