In this workshop, we will discuss how cultivating a devotional writing practice can lead to surprising revelations. This workshop isn’t religiously affiliated in any way, monasticism is simply a metaphor for the writer-at-work—questioning, doubting, seeking, receiving, engaging the Mystery. We will explore how taking on the mind of devotee can lead to larger, more daring writing than we ever thought possible. In a word, we may find we are writing Abundance.
Have you ever been to a reading where the reader mumbled, read too quickly or softly for comprehension, lost the audience’s attention shuffling through a sheaf of pages, or read long past the allotted time? In this seminar, the first hour will be spent reviewing the elements and skills of reading poetry or prose. The rest of the session will be devoted to one-on-one coaching. You’ll leave with strategies for dealing with nerves, tips for pleasing audience, and—perhaps most importantly—yourself. Come prepared to read a short poem (about 20 lines) or a passage of prose (one paragraph). Coaching with be master-class style, while the audience learns from watching. Open to both poets and prosers.
Donald Davie, in his classic book, Articulate Energy, describes the syntax of a poem as its “silent music, a matter of tensions and resolutions, of movements sustained or broken, of ease and effort, rapidity and languor.” In this workshop, we will examine some of the different ways that syntax operates in a poem. We will use works by contemporary poets as examples and complete some exercises that involve experimentation and play with syntax.