Guest Teacher Workshops!
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The Personal is the Political: A Poetic Intersection
with Sarah McCall
Saturday, Feb 24, 10 am - noon
Thursday, March 1, 7 - 9 pm
Audre Lorde said: “I am my best work - a series of road maps, reports, recipes, doodles, and prayers from the front lines.” The focus of this workshop will be that very thing—the front lines. But what does this mean for readers and writers of poetry right now? Is it true that everything is political? Is it possible to live and write without engaging in political matters?
Anything is up for discussion here: sex, gender, voice, silence, power, relationship, privilege—and we will turn to poems as container for the rich terrain of both personal feelings and political identities. In order to investigate our own definitions of the personal and the political, we will read contemporary and historical voices that engage this conflagration of ideals, and craft some of our own poems (or prose!) as reflection of this content. Please note: This workshop is open to all writers, no matter your level of experience. Join us!
New Forms: The Collaged Essay
with Elizabeth Ferris
Saturday, March 3, 10am-1pm
Like its paper-and-glue counterpart, the collaged essay is a form that allows writers to assemble discrete-seeming writings into cohesive, creative, and impactful final essays. In this one-day workshop we’ll read examples of successful collaged essays and use timed writing exercises to practice creating our own. Great for non-linear thinkers and those who are looking for new ideas to dust off old writings!
Editor’s Toolkit: Risking Real Emotion
with Elizabeth Ferris
Saturday, March 31, 1:30-4:30 pm
“If something inside of you is real, we will probably find it interesting, and it will probably be universal. So you must risk placing real emotion at the center of your work. Write straight into the emotional center of things.” - Anne Lamott
Emotions are the beating heart of our writing. They’re what makes the writing process so rewarding and what connects readers to our work. And yet getting authentic emotions down on the page can sometimes feel like trying to hold water in your hand: we hide, we obfuscate, we resort to cliche. In this one-day workshop we’ll practice looking emotions straight in the eye, and on the page, as we ‘risk placing real emotion at the center of our work.’
Topics for “Editor’s Toolkit” are pulled from the most frequent themes and techniques Elizabeth uses while editing. Classes involve close-readings of published works, group discussion, and—of course—writing! Designed for curious writers of all experience levels.
Elizabeth Ferris has an knack for rearrangement—whether scenes, words, or her own sock drawer. As a professional editor, she helps guide writers to the other side of “writer’s doubt” to create stories that are the best manifestation of the wild and singular storyteller within. Her editing philosophy is based on the belief that the key to taking your writing deeper is understanding your voice and your strengths, not focusing on what you perceive is holding you back. She holds a BA in English from the College of William and Mary and has edited for writers of all backgrounds and publication goals. Visit her online at elizabethferris.com
Sarah McCall is a poet and teacher and seeker. During the last few years she has spent time teaching English, leading writing classes on contemporary poetry, facilitating yoga workshops, tending bar, volunteering and serving, reading as much and as often as possible, and pretty much anything else that involves whole-hearted expression in the body, mind, and voice. She holds an MFA in poetry from Old Dominion University and lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and two dogs. Find her writing at: https://www.sarahmccall.net/