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2 Day Poetry Workshop: Writing New Myths: Speculative Poetry

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CourseGraphic How does the fantastical manifest in poetry? How can elements of the speculative be applied in the context of verse? From time travel and apocalypse, to ghosts and impossible cities, this class will consider how genre tropes and poetry can, and should, collide. We will explore how the impossible can push our writing in new directions, and how it can be used as a lens through which to interrogate concerns that are all too real. This class will focus on generating new material with multiple prompts provided, including thematic and formal. We will read poetry from Shane McCrae, Sally Wen Mao, and Brenda Shaughnessy (amongst others). We will discuss how these writers engage with the unreal and what guidance we can take from them. In addition, we will read excerpts from authors like Italo Calvino and Carmen Maria Machado, to explore how poetry and prose overlap as they delve into the fantastic. My hope is that class discussions of these readings will encourage participants to experiment as they find their own way into the magical, the strange, and the grotesque. The class will conclude with a workshop for newly generated material.

June 17th & June 24th, 2023
Saturdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm EST 
on Zoom

Who should take this class?
This class is intended for poets hoping to expand their craft, as well prose writers looking to explore their genre through poetry.

“Zach is an insightful and practical developmental editor I’ll use again and again. He provided a thoughtful critique of things that worked and things that needed work, pointing out specifics by page and line. He helped my writing to reach a different level.”   Karen C. Whalen, author of The Dinner Club Murder Mysteries

“I was impressed with his good judgment and keen editorial eye. His comments on specific areas
for improvement were on-target and extremely helpful, and they reflected a clear understanding of the spirit of the book. Zach identified weaknesses in the story-line that needed correction and offered positive feedback on the manuscript's strengths.”  Rebecca Hodge, author of Wildland

Class Details

2 Session(s)
Weekly - Sat

NA - Online

Zachariah Claypole White 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
6/17/2023 - 6/24/2023 Weekly - Sat 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM N/A - Online Zachariah Claypole White