Poet and physician William Carlos Williams once wrote that “what the artist does applies to everything, every day, everywhere… to quicken and elucidate, to fortify and enlarge [life] and to make it eloquent” (quoted in Jamison 2019, 116). In this hands-on and writing-focused workshop, the emphasis is on quickening and elucidating, fortifying and enlarging: expect to leave with new ways of thinking about and undertaking word-work; expect to leave with concrete ways to avoid cliché and think differently about the act of writing; expect to understand how to bring lyric principles and poetic possibilities to the non-poetic, the ordinary, and the every day.
This workshop weaves together techniques from poetry with methods and practices more commonly found in literary non-fiction. Be sure to bring a sample of writing (no more than 1 page, preferably under 500 words) written by an author you admire – if you forget, a sample of writing will be provided along with a number of writing prompts. Be prepared to WRITE during this workshop – bring paper and pens or pencils. You’re welcome to bring a laptop, but paper and pens/pencils are essential.