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7 Ways of Writing a New Poem: Poetry Workshop

Dates: 8 Mondays, March 19 - May 14 (no class April 2) 
Time: 7 pm - 9 pm 
Instructor: David Roderick 
Ages: Adult 
Maximum Enrollment: 9
Genre: Poetry
Price: $475

This class will train our attention on poems that use painterly images and surprising (or at least interesting) juxtapositions and transitions. We'll begin by studying short forms such as haiku and tankas, then gradually build up to poems that claim more white space on the page: prose poems, one-sentence poems, and abecedarians. Optional writing exercises will riff off of assigned readings, but the writers in this class should bring whatever verses they'd like workshopped to our friendly, supportive classroom. Poets of all experience levels are welcome. Our goals include building a poetry community and fostering a sense of playfulness--the perfect approach for spring and for National Poetry Month in April!

Music of the Mind

David Roderick writes the poetry column State Lines for the San Francisco Chronicle. His first book of poems, Blue Colonial, won the APR/Honickman Prize and was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2006. The Pitt Poetry Series published his second collection, The Americans, in 2014. David’s writing has been awarded a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, the Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship, and the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize. He has taught creative writing and literature classes at Stanford, the University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and most recently at the MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he was an Associate Professor in Creative Writing.


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