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Recess for Poets

Recess for Poets


Experiments in Squashing Writer's Block

As writers, we can often be intimidated by impasses in our practice. When experiencing stagnation, boredom or rigidity in one’s practice, it’s vital to learn how to cultivate a wide and wild space of play. Remember that feeling when the whistle blew and it was time for recess? You’d bolt for the swings where you could leave behind the ground. Or maybe the monkey bars, where you could feel your muscles churning as you challenged yourself rung for rung. In this six-week online workshop, we’ll use the playground as a greater metaphor for creative adventure and abandon. Each week we’ll center on an element of the playground (slide, monkey bars, swings, etc.) as a writing “structure” designed specifically for fun and imagination. This is a highly generative class for all levels, grounded in exercises and creativity lectures, designed to squash writer’s block into a messier, juicier puddle, which, yes, we will then proceed to splash through. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Wednesday night, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.

Workshop Details
  • Professor: Shira Erlichman
  • Dates: September 9–October 14, 2020
  • Time: Wednesdays, 6–8:30 PM
  • Location: online via Zoom
  • Cost: $345
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, SEPTEMBER 6, 2020
  • Earlybird discount: $20 off through SUN, AUG 30