This workshop will examine what poets old and new have written to inspire developments in our own work. We will listen to vowel sounds, expand our diction, look at uses of surprise and tactics of revision, describe objects in new ways, read epistolary poems for voice, learn to “meander,” and consider lyrical brevity vs. narrative expansiveness (“less is more” vs. “more is more”). The goal, as always, is to stretch ourselves as artists by incorporating some of these strategies into our own work.

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Time: eight Thursdays, 20:00 to 22:00

Duration: 8 October - 26 November, 2020

Location: Online via Zoom—, ,

Description

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Applicants will be contacted about admission status by September 25.
Please note: payment will be due within 7 days of our contacting you, if you are accepted.

This is an intermediate to advanced workshop.

Limited to 12 participants.

To write better poems, it helps to get inside the craft of other peoples’ poetry. This workshop will examine what poets old and new have written to inspire developments in our own work. We will listen to vowel sounds, expand our diction, look at uses of surprise and tactics of revision, describe objects in new ways, read epistolary poems for voice, learn to “meander,” and consider lyrical brevity vs. narrative expansiveness (“less is more” vs. “more is more”). The goal, as always, is to stretch ourselves as artists by incorporating some of these strategies into our own work.

To achieve this, we will place “classic” poets (Ovid, Horace, Sappho, Chaucer, Milton, Donne, Keats, Eliot, Pound) and postwar poets (Bishop, Celan, Milosz, Symborska, Amichai) alongside a large sampling of contemporary work, to compare specific aspects of craft. Recent poets will include Marilyn Dumont, Eric Orsmby, Derek Mahon, Ellen Bryant Voigt, May Swenson, Yusef Komunyakaa, Geoffrey Hill, Natalie Shapero, James Arthur, Timothy Donnelly, Hannah Sullivan, Carolyn Forche, Simon Armitage, Rita Dove, Derek Walcott, Henri Cole, Karen Solie, James Pollock, Roo Borson, Jack Gilbert, Emily Nilsen, Kaie Kellough, and others.

The format will be 50% workshopping participants’ poems and 50% reading and online discussion (via Zoom), with the occasional exercise and assignment.

Scared? Don’t be! This will be a challenging, fun, and supportive workshop.

The cost for this 8-week workshop is:
QWF Members: $170*
Student Members: $98*
Non-Members: $195*
*+ PayPal/Credit Card fee if paying online


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Workshop leader

Credit: Saleema Nawaz
Derek Webster is the author of Mockingbird (Signal Editions), shortlisted for the 2016 Gerald Lampert Award. He received an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and is the founding editor of Maisonneuve magazine. His poems and prose have appeared in numerous publications including Agni, Boston Review, The Malahat Review, The Walrus, Partisan, The New Quarterly, and The Globe & Mail

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