Trying to Get Your Poetry Published? Or Wanting to Boost Your Creative Skills?
This may be the workshop for you.
Anne M. Doe Overstreet has enchanted me already and I am only planning the workshop with her.
She discusses her content plan with me and then adds, as a footnote to the document, this snippet of beauty:
With a lyric line
the deep river stillness
the sour sop of oak leaves
the way the body when it sleeps
reaches away from us
cold as the Bitterroot Mountains
listen and speak the words
that open you up
Let us listen in, you
to the hidden hour and farther places
What To Expect
For 12 weeks, in an attentive online classroom setting, with no more than 15 participants, from 18 February to 10 May, Anne will explore topics such as:
- hearing with new ears
- the body as environment
What Will the Poetry Workshops Be Like?
1. Every week, you’ll explore an aspect of what we call our landscape or environment and write about it in a concrete way. Some weeks you’ll be challenged to be particularly attentive to what your senses provide in terms of information about what surrounds you—color and scent, for example. Another week you’ll find creative means of mapping your neighborhood.
2. Throughout, you’ll collect facts and observations and pile up free-writes about particulars
3. Each week, prompts will offer a means for revving the engine. You’ll develop fragments and observations to build on. How far and how deep you wish to go with each exercise is up to you. Our emphasis will be on generating material, with follow-up homework/exercises that provide an opportunity to draft a longer piece or to creatively explore other possibilities based on the lesson
4. Some time will be spent on strengthening poetry-writing through the practice of revision (a key element for any poet hoping to become published), and we’ll come together online to learn from each other’s work, by considering what is working
(Assignments will be posted on Mondays and due the following Monday. Anne will be available every day for commenting in the private online classroom and will also give individual guidance and attention to each participant.)
What Teaching Attention Will You Receive?
“Although the weekly exercises are intended to generate material for drafts or suggest a direction to take on a longer piece, each poet and I will look more closely at the written homework assignment, one-on-one, and have a general dialog that centers on those pieces. At roughly the half-way point and for the last class, we’ll be working with some revision concepts and aim to develop a more polished, possibly publishable piece. I’ll also be available for conversation. Ask me questions. Talk to us, about why you’re drawn to poetry and attentiveness. Let me see how you see! I look forward to the wild line, the unexpected turns and ideas.”
Anne M. Doe Overstreet is the author of Delicate Machinery Suspended: Poems. She has facilitated a writing critique group for thirteen years, been a Pushcart Prize nominee twice, and taught poetry workshops at numerous conferences and retreats including at Laity Lodge and Seattle Pacific University. She is an Associate editor at DMQ Review and the owner/editor at Spine-Line Editing.
Buy yourself the gift of words. Buy a friend an escape into a world yet to be discovered. Buy a loved-one the gift of creation.
Private online group setting and all class materials, including a free digital copy of Delicate Machinery Suspended: Poems, are included in the price.