Calliope—Poetry Craft Workshops
West Falmouth Library, Lower Level Activity Room
$25 per workshop, limited to 12
To sign up for the workshops, go the Event Registration page
Saturday, January 25, 11 AM - 2 PM
Poetry as Practice
Susan Donnelly, instructor
This workshop will focus on getting started, recognizing the censor and finding the poem’s truth. Participants will discuss sample poems, do in-class writing exercises and consider both the nuts and bolts (for example, where and when do I write best?), as well as the strategic and psychological challenges in writing and shaping poems.
Susan Donnelly's latest book is Capture the Flag. The author of Eve Names the Animals, Transit, and three chapbooks, she has published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry. and many other journals and anthologies, currently appearing in Valparaiso Poetry Review and Salamander. Several of her poems were featured on Writers Almanac and Poetry Daily. Susan teaches poetry in classes and individual consultations from her home in Cambridge.
Saturday, February 22, 11 AM – 2 PM
How to Be a Good Public Reader of Your Own Writing
Patrick Donnelly, instructor
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.
Patrick Donnelly trained as an actor and singer at Oberlin Conservatory and has taught public speaking skills for writers at Colby College, Grub Street, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The Frost Place and the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. He is the author of The Charge (Ausable Press, 2003) and Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin (Four Way Books, 2012). He is director of the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place and Associate Editor of Poetry International.
Saturday, March 22, 11 AM – 2 PM
Impossible Love/Impossible Beauty
Jennifer Jean, instructor
Sometimes it is easier to write about the ugly, the demented, the anti-beauty. Loveliness is elusive! Sometimes it is easer to write about the broken, the unrequited, the devastated love. Happy is hard! In this workshop we will challenge ourselves to write poems about an/or rendering love and beauty in new and effective ways. We will analyze and parse how other poets write about and/or render love and beauty so well, then attempt our own versions, using various prompts.
Jennifer Jean is the author of The Fool (Big Table Publishing, 2013), The Archivist, Fishwife and In the War. Her poetry, essays and book reviews have been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including Drunken Boat, Denver Quarterly and Poetica. Jennifer is a volunteer blogger for Amirah, a website advocating for sex-trafficking survivors, and teaches writing at Salem State University.