Workshops

Workshops will be held between 1:30-3:00 on September 30th. Workshops will cost $15.

Registration is required. You can sign up to attend here.

You must bring your payment to the workshop. Also bring a notebook and pen.

No previous poetry experience required.

Workshop Descriptions:

Throwing Your Voice, Finding Your Voice: The Persona Poem
Instructor: Jennifer Bullis

In this workshop, we’ll examine classic and contemporary persona poems to explore how using a first-person speaker who differs from the poet’s “own” identity can create humor, achieve insight, and facilitate historical exploration and cultural critique. As we practice writing persona poems, we’ll imagine our way into the experiences of others in order to foster empathy, expand notions of self, and ultimately, further develop our own distinctive voices. Writing exercises geared to all skill levels will enable participants to leave the workshop with several poem starts and opportunities for further exploration.

Writing a Small Poem
Instructor: Luci Shaw
One of the most well-known and appreciated forms of poetry is the haiku, a classical Japanese poem. It is meant to be spoken in one breath, with seventeen syllables, in three lines describing, a simple impression or emotion, often a reflection of a season of the year. We will read several examples of haiku and spend time writing our own examples. Another option for this workshop is to write a short, informal poem, for which I will provide the first line. You may use your own experience and imagination to expand the given line, employing three of your five senses. After a time of writing, we will get together for what  call “readback-feedback” in which each writer will read their poem aloud and we’ll follow with discussion and appraisal.

 

The Power of Repetition
Instructor: Caitlin Thomson

Each word in a poem carries more weight than it does in a prose piece. After all, there are far fewer words most poems.  If a word or phrase is repeated it carries great weight. If the phrase is the right one it can completely transform a poem. This workshop will examine poems by a number of authors, including Sherman Alexie and W.H. Auden. We will write one free verse poem and one pantoum.

Instructor Bios

Jennifer Bullis is author of Impossible Lessons (MoonPath Press). Her poems appear in such journals and anthologies as Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Water~Stone Review, and Washington 129. She earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of California Davis, and taught writing and literature at Whatcom Community College for 14 years.

 

 

Luci Shaw was born in London, England in 1928, and has lived in Australia and Canada. A poet and essayist, since 1986 she has been Writer in Residence at Regent College, Vancouver. Author of over thirty-five books of poetry and non-fiction prose, her writing has appeared in numerous literary and religious journals. In 1913 she received the 10th annual Denise Levertov Award for Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University. Her most recent publications are The Thumbprint in the Clay, released by InterVarsity Press in March, 2016, and Sea Glass: New & Selected Poems (WordFarm). She lives in Bellingham, WA.

For further information, visit www.lucishaw.com.

Caitlin Thomson  has an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. Her writing can be found in numerous anthologies and literary journals including Killer Verse, The Conium Review, The Moth, The Adroit Journal, and Tar River Review. Her third collection of poetry, Territory Prayer, was published by Maverick Duck Press. You can learn more about her writing at www.caitlinthomson.com.