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Poetry and Memoir: Whose Story Am I Telling?

Poetry and Memoir: Whose Story Am I Telling?


In this workshop, we will explore questions that both challenge and inspire us as we blend poetry and memoir in writing about our pasts. Whose story are we telling? How important is it that our poems be historically accurate? What family secrets are waiting to be written? Is this our story to tell? Why should we give ourselves permission to write our painful pasts into our poems? Participants will use journals, photographs, personal objects of significance, memorabilia and oral histories to enter their poems. We will explore various poetic forms, including persona and narrative poems and ghazals. Authors whose work we'll read and discuss include Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Cheryl Clarke, Jericho Brown, R. Erica Doyle, Monica Hand, Mahogany L. Browne, Danez Smith, Angel Nafis and Sharon Olds. Weekly work for the course will be done asynchronously on Wet Ink, and the professor will provide video introductions to material and a one-on-one Facetime conference with each student.

Workshop Details

  • Professor: JP Howard
  • Dates: October 16-November 19, 2019
  • Time: asynchronous
  • Location: online
  • Cost: $295
  • Class size: 6-12 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, OCTOBER 13, 2019
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off by SUN, SEPT 8, 2019