Description of Class
In poetry we often talk about voice and what poetic voice looks like for different writers. Finding Your Poetic Voice can be a long journey, which can take you down many different roads that at times may seem like dead ends.
This 4 week workshop, lead by Kenyatta Rogers, will give you some tools to navigate that terrain a lot easier. Throughout this class we will look at a wide range of poems, poetic styles, voices and aesthetics. We will practice writing in a variety of modes, looking at interdisciplinary and experimental poetry, discuss intent in our work and the work of other authors, what it is poetry editors read for and really focus on discovering and building each individual voice.
Week 1: Ice Breakers, What’s Our Writing and Reading Habits, Reading Poems
We will do some writing activities which 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 but they also can be beneficial when trying to craft a poem. There is no way we can look at them all but 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 revision 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, aesthetic and answer question we have about each other’s work as a way the writers to get feedback they can take for revisions and prompts.
This class is open to all beginner and more advanced students. There may be some writing required between sessions. While the workshop is open to all ages there may be some mature content discussed on occasion.Top