Turning Life Experience into Poetry – Summer 2020

Whether it is Robert Frost’s walk through the woods on a snowy evening or Billy Collins’ creation of a lanyard at camp, specific events often serve as an anchor for poems that capture the mystery, majesty and humor of life. In this seminar, we’ll examine several poems that use specific experiences to bring the reader to universal conclusions, and help you create your own–we’ll learn how move beyond mere telling to turning experience into art. Using prompts and exercises to help you tap into memories, we will craft poems that use imagery, metaphor and rhythm. We will also workshop them, discuss techniques for revision, and talk about possible markets for submission. Ellen Birkett Morris is the author of Surrender, a chapbook, and Lost Girls, a short story collection forthcoming in 2020. Her poetry has appeared in The Clackamas Literary Review, Juked, Gastronomica, and Inscape, among other journals. Morris won top prize in the 2008 Binnacle Ultra-Short Edition and was a finalist for the 2019 Rita Dove Poetry Prize. For all levels.

Start Date
Saturday, July 25th
11:30am - 1:30pm
Ellen Birkett Morris

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