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Making Lightning Strike - Poetry

Taught by Matthew Zapruder

  • Ended
  • 160 US dollars
  • Page Street Co-Working Space

Class Description

Sitting around waiting for the Muse to come is a drag, especially for busy people, who can’t rely on praying to be graced at just the right time with an electric and productive visit. How can we write poetry amidst our busy lives, and be not passive but proactive in our creative work? In this generative writing workshop, we will begin with a discussion of specific strategies and devices, especially for beginning a poem. We will discuss various ways to generate raw material or first drafts of poems. We will also talk about how to push stalled ones along. We will move through some generative writing exercises, take a break for some writing, and then come back to discuss those beginnings, as well as your previously written poems. Instructor bio: Matthew Zapruder is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Father’s Day (Copper Canyon), as well as Why Poetry (Ecco/Harper Collins). He is editor at large at Wave Books, where he edits contemporary poetry, prose, and translations. From 2016-7 he held the annually rotating position of Editor of the Poetry Column for the New York Times Magazine. He teaches in the MFA in creative writing at Saint Mary’s College of California. A book of prose, The Story of a Poem, will be published by Unnamed Press in April, 2023.

Cancellation Policy

Because class size is limited, refunds are not given unless we can fill your spot.

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