This is a generative poetry workshop aimed at exploring and producing poems grounded in the body (or the physical experience). What we see and remember, often, are bodily and can propel us into poems of memory and contemplation: the way your mother's hands rested on the steering wheel of the Oldsmobile, the slimy skin of a baby born in the backseat of a taxi, the dislocated shoulder that changed the course of a football player's life. We all have stories about the body to tell. We'll read and discuss a variety of examples—from Walt Whitman to Nikki Giovanni to Robert Hass, and many more. You'll generate poems based on writing prompts and workshop your poem drafts. By the end of this 8-week session, you'll have a body (ahem) of work on which to build.
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We writers can get stuck in ruts. Whether it's overusing certain words, phrases, or patterns, or being reluctant to tackle difficult subjects, or feeling uninspired, we often encounter (or construct) obstacles for ourselves and our writing. Sometimes it helps to revisit children's literature to see with new eyes, ask ourselves what matters, and simply unlock our creative juices. This is not a workshop solely for writers of children's literature but for the kid in all of us.
10 A.M. - 1 P.M., SATURDAY-SUNDAY, SEPT. 8-9, 2018
Check out my workshop on writing children's books that speak the truth. Here's the course description:
Part of the Penny Candy Books mission to publish books that spark conversation between kids and adults. In this workshop, we'll explore some indelible children's books and create our own stories. We'll focus on narrative, language, and how words and illustrations work in concert. The other part of Penny Candy's mission is to publish children's literature that reflects the diverse realities of the world we live in, both at home and abroad. This means seeking out books by and about people and subjects that speak to and from a broad range of human experience. In light of our mission, we will also discuss diversity, privilege, controversy, and trends in kid lit as they pertain to the stories you're working on.
6 - 8:30 P.M., WEDNESDAYS, JULY 25 - SEPT. 12
Join me at Bull Street Labs for donuts, coffee, and conversation. I'll be talking about design—both product and workflow management—diversity, and data (if you're anything like me, "spreadsheet" was once a foreign concept).