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Writing Convictions

Writing Convictions

Vulnerability is lethal in poetry. The confessional poets taught us this, and we see this continue in the work of poets today who write about the convictions and injustices that weigh on us, such as Reginald Dwayne Betts, who writes, “I was under, not whisky, but History: I robbed a man." In this generative, five-week online workshop, we'll explore convictions and how secrets shape themselves in our poetry. We'll consider the multiple meanings of the word "conviction" and how writing convictions can mean expressing strong personal feelings or beliefs in a way that strangely makes us feel guilty or exposed. We'll write poems expressing personal guilt and beliefs about wrongdoings or actual crimes, considering how we are defining crime today. We'll study works by Betts, Tina Chang, José Olivarez, Lynn Melnick and more. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Tuesday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.

Workshop Details

  • Professor: Starr Davis
  • Dates: July 18–August 14, 2021
  • Time: Sundays, 4–7 PM (EDT)
    (Please note: class meets Sat, Aug 14, instead of Sun, Aug 15)
  • Location: online via Zoom
  • Cost: $345
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, JULY 11, 2021