Apps due July 8
One of the things I feel Poets Studio participants, regardless of experience and skill, can benefit from, is an extended concentration on only a few pieces over a couple months. That’s my goal for the Summer Sessions, which would progress as follows:
Sessions 1-3: Making. We’ll start from scratch on a few poems, developing strategies of imagination, research, trial and error, and writing several “test” drafts over several weeks.
Sessions 4-6: Noticing. Here we’ll begin to be attentive to what might be possible with various drafts of poems, in the writing process — noticing what they are doing and not doing, what they are implying and avoiding, and what they are potentially able to become, and what they can’t ever become (but might as well try it out to find out for sure), as we make more and more drafts.
Sessions 7-9: Changing. Someone else, not me, would call these last three sessions, Revision. The goal of the last three sessions is to continue making changes, narrowing the possibilities, all the way until your poem or poems are “finished.”
My hope is that, after the nine Summer Sessions, you’ll have freshly experienced a process of writing, including writing together each week during Poets Studio on Monday nights (and Sunday afternoons), that gives you new tools, skills, and patience for writing your poems. The goal of the summer is for everyone to finish 2-3 brand new poems, while we’re all in conversation with each other, crafted during the Summer Sessions, and then to prepare these, as you see fit, to submit for publication in the fall.
To apply: Email six poems and a 100+ word description of your experience writing poems over the last five years.
Poets Studio: Summer Sessions (9 sessions): Monday studio meet 5:30-8pm (Pacific Time) / Sunday sudio meets 2-4:30pm (Pacific Time)
Monday July 13
Monday July 20
Monday July 27
Monday Aug 3: No class
Monday Aug 10
SUNDAY Aug 16
Monday Aug 17
Monday Aug 24
SUNDAY Aug 30
Monday Aug 31