Mining for Gold: Poetry Workshop
Dates: 8 Tuesdays, Sept. 18 - Nov. 6
Time: 7 pm - 9 pm
Instructor: Rachel Richardson
Have you been told to stop writing about X? To get over it? Have you told yourself this? Have you worried that you keep circling back to the same images, the same techniques? Are you afraid to bore your reader, or to be seen as a self-absorbed or one-track writer?
You won't be told that here. While it's useful to branch out and try writing in new ways and about new subjects, it can also be a way to avoid your most important work. In this workshop, we'll go deep. We'll follow Oscar Wilde's credo that the only way to respond to temptation is to yield to it. This material is calling to us for a reason--our job as writers is to find the gold. With daily in-class writing prompts and with an emphasis on student workshops, this class will let us explore the full potential in our own obsessions.
Mining for Gold is a course in excavation: in our 8 weeks, we will indulge, wallow, revel, and dwell in our obsession. We'll circle around the subjects, images, and stories we can't let go of. Instead of trying to push against them, we will drill deeper into that earth, discovering in the process what further treasures are hidden within.
Rachel Richardson is the author of two books of poems, Hundred-Year Wave and Copperhead. She has taught at a number of universities, including Stanford and USF’s MFA in Writing program, and at San Quentin Correctional Facility. She has been awarded NEA and Wallace Stegner Fellowships, and her poems have been published in the New York Times Magazine, Slate, and many journals.
More about Rachel: www.rachelbjrichardson.com