Summer Creative Workshops at the Poetry Center
This summer we’re offering great creative writing workshops, each designed to help you take the next step forward in your writing life. But with so many compelling courses on offer, you may be having difficulty picking one. If so, this resource, which we call You Should Take This Course If, is for you! “Clarity Demystified: A Poetry Workshop” with Christopher Nelson is sold out, but you can still grab your spot in the following courses.
You should take Dislocating the Prose Poem: A Generative Workshop and Survey, taught by Jamison Crabtree, if:
- You’ve ever wondered how the structure of a language can influence the ways its speakers approach the world.
- You’ve ever rearranged the objects on a desk, in a room, or anywhere, trying to make the space feel just right.
- You’ve ever watched a large cat fit itself into a small box and wondered, “What does that cat think it’s doing?”
You should take The Art of Research: Collaging the Personal Essay, taught by Aisha Sabatini Sloan, if:
- You have noticed yourself, of late, loudly referring to Maggie Nelson as a goddess.
- The first few pages of Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje make you want to throw the book across the room in an explosion of creative overstimulation.
- Your favorite thing about traveling is people-watching at the airport.
You should take Shaping Text with Letterpress, taught by Amanda Beekhuizen, if:
- You’re interested in thinking about words visually.
- You’re looking to collect some new tools for your toolbox: typesetting, linocut, and simple bookbinding.
- You want to work with your hands and get inky!
You should take Cut to the Chase: Creating Plot in Fiction, taught by Ted McLoof, if:
- You want to learn how to grab readers by the eyeballs—and hold on until you’re good and ready to let them go.
- You wish to wield the powers of narrative persuasion, seduction, and thrill.
- You want someone to win a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for optioning your perfect story!
You should take The Fact of Fiction: Turning Life into Story, taught by Ted McLoof, if:
- You want to learn the important difference between a story, and the story of your life.
- You’re a card-carrying member of the Raymond Carver Fan Forever Club.
- You want to turn the sloppy highs and lows of your existence into the start of a sharp, faceted short story.