All workshops currently hosted by The Refinery Writing Studio.
Does the thought of writing poems make your palms sweat? Or maybe you’ve been writing poems forever but need to jumpstart your practice? Maybe you’re somewhere in between? Poetry gymnasium takes the mystery out of poetry with prompts, activities, and games every session that will turn into poetry before your eyes. Freeing up the creative space to write poems—and have fun with it—enhances all aspects of the writing life, and the playful life.
THURSDAYS, FEBRUARY 7-MARCH 4, 2019, 6-8:30 P.M.
Kids Are Smart: Writing Picture Books That Sing
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 discuss your stories or ideas. 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.
SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2019, 10AM-2PM.
Writing the Body
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.
TUESDAYS, JULY 16-SEPTEMBER 3, 2019, 6 - 8:30 P.M.
Sestina? Sonnet? Pantoum? Does anyone write in forms anymore? You bet! Using the framework of a poetic form can act as a container to unleash possibility. In this four-week course, we’ll celebrate National Poetry Month by reading and discussing example texts and practicing the art of several poetic forms.
WEDNESDAYS, APRIL 3-24, 6-8:30 P.M.
A Map of Earth: The Poetry of Place
Who lives in Savannah and doesn't feel some pull to write about Spanish moss and oak trees? Where we live, or have lived, gets into our bones and courses through our blood. In his surfing memoir, Caught Inside, Daniel Duane writes of place, “I thought again about throwing language all over a scene, wondered if the emotional mystery of one’s response to a place doesn’t lie in the inchoate play ofpossible words, of felt meaning and poetries.” Poets and writers mine the emotional charge of our familiar landscapes to tell stories that resonate. In this workshop, we’ll explore poems of geography, road trip, birthplace, home, and more through example texts and writing prompts.