Renew/Recycle: Poetry Revision Workshop
Dates: 4 Mondays, February 3 - March 2 (No class on Feb. 17)
Time: 7 - 9 pm
Instructor: Rachel Richardson
It's time to excavate your discarded drafts from your desk drawers (or computer file folders)!
You’ll come into this workshop in creative revision with lots of material that needs a fresh eye. Together we'll work to reshape, renew, and reimagine these drafts and fragments, finding possibilities in new forms, devices, music, and imagery.
The goal of this class is to help you explore your early drafts further and develop them into their best possible shapes—which can often generate more new poems and spin-offs.
We will look closely at published writers' revision techniques, try in-class prompts and collaborative exercises to energize our language, and test out drafts with a friendly audience to see how they are developing. The formal critique element of our revision workshop will be light, but students will receive feedback from the instructor on poems every week.
Rachel Richardson is a co-founder and co-director of Left Margin LIT. She is also the author of two books of poems,
Hundred-Year Wave and Copperhead.
Rachel 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