In this course, as a small community of working artists, we will support one another’s efforts to explore themes of loss and survival. We will read and discuss several poets such as Naomi Shihab Nye and Gerard Manley Hopkins, considering how their poems create meaning out of that which is painful and difficult. How, for example, does the poet bring interesting sounds into a poem about loss? What makes a poem reach out beyond the private journal entry? Weekly writing prompts will center on student experience and specific ways to delve into our own lives for compelling material. As artists, we owe it to ourselves and to one another to show intelligent support during difficult times. Come with an open mind, a courageous heart and a desire to take creative risks.
Loss and Survival:
A Poetry Workshop
Dates: 4 Saturdays, September 16-October 7
Time: 10 am-12 pm
Instructor: Caroline Goodwin
Maximum Enrollment: 9
Caroline Goodwin moved to the Bay Area in 1999 to attend Stanford as a Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry. Her books include Trapline (2013), Peregrine (2015) and The Paper Tree (2017). She teaches at California College of the Arts and the Stanford Writer's Studio and is currently writing about the sudden loss of her husband in August 2016. From 2014 - 2016 she served as the first Poet Laureate of San Mateo County.
More about Caroline: http://www.carolinegoodw.com