Description of Class
In poetry, we often talk about voice and what poetic voice looks like for different writers. Finding your own poetic voice can be a long journey, where you may travel down many roads that feel like dead ends. But never fear—you’ll gain some tools to navigate that terrain in this 4-week workshop led by Kenyatta Rogers, where you will examine a wide range of poems, poetic styles, voices, and aesthetics. This class would be helpful for poets as well as fiction and nonfiction writers who want to get a better handle on the “poetics” of their prose.
In this class, you will:
- Practice writing in a variety of modes, looking at interdisciplinary and experimental poetry
- Discuss intent in your work and the work of other authors
- Explore what poetry editors read for
- Focus on discovering and building individual voice
Week 1: Ice Breakers, Habits, and Reading Poems
We will do some writing activities that function like ice breakers. We will also discuss writing habits; favorite authors and books; and discuss tools to read and navigate poetry.
Week 2: Poetic Forms and Prompts
Forms can be challenging when trying to craft a poem, but they also can be beneficial. We will look at a variety of poetic forms, their intent, how they function, and how you can use them as a tool for constraint and to help develop voice.
Week 3: What is Revision?
A lot of the process of writing a poem is in the revision. We will discuss revising and editing techniques and try to apply those to some of the poems written thus far in class.
Week 4: Workshop
How our work sounds and reads to us is not always the way it comes across to a reader. We will do mini-workshop sessions as a whole group to discuss themes, motifs, style, craft, aesthetics, and answer questions we have about each other’s work.
This class is open to all beginner and more advanced students. There may be some writing required between sessions.Top