PWU253 Paris Writers' Workshop: Shaping the Poem—A Poetry Workshop

  • 25 Jun 2012
  • 9:00 AM
  • 29 Jun 2012
  • 12:00 PM
  • American University in Paris
  • 11


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Five-Day Workshop

Writer-in-Residence: Kathleen Spivack

How do we shape a poem so that it shimmers with meaning? What happens between the first and final draft? In this poetry workshop, we’ll look closely at line and stanza breaks; beginnings, middles, and endings; and especially at the transitions that take place in the space and silence as the poem unfolds. Participants will learn from discussion of their on-site exercises, as well as review of the poems submitted in advance of the workshop. 

Kathleen’s attentive and insightful teaching style has resulted in many of her students being published and winning major prizes and grants. The workshop is designed to support all aspects of the writing process.

Requirements: Submit in advance five to twelve poems, including some that are successful and some that still need work. Participants will also be asked to bring three poems to share from contemporary poets who have been an inspiration.

Note: This is a five-day workshop running from 25 to 29 June, 2012. A program of afternoon lectures is included in the price of your workshop and there is no need to register for these separately on this website.

Your registration also entitles you to a one-to-one consultation with your workshop faculty member, included in your workshop registration. If you wish to take advantage of further consultations (with a literary agent or to prepare your "pitch" for meeting with the agents), these can be booked from the list on this website. 

If you wish to attend the Literary Dinner, please reserve your place by clicking here.

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