This four-week poetry workshop is based on a class taught at the former Corcoran School of Art. In “15 Works,” you’ll write 3 to 4 poems a week in response to assignments and prompts, with weekly themes. Comments on one another’s poems will be limited to one poem per week unless you’d like to comment on more. The workshop promises to stretch the boundaries of your imagination, silence your internal editor and help you establish a writing routine. Students who have completed similar types of “extreme” generative workshops find that exhaustion allows them to be open, quick, and intuitive. Many of your poems will be silly, terrible, unfinished and sloppy. Many will be terrific drafts. This workshop will change your writing habits.
Nancy K. Pearson’s second book of poems, The Whole by Contemplation of a Single Bone, won the Poets Out Loud prize and will be published by Fordham University Press in Spring, 2016. Her first book of poems, Two Minutes of Light, won the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award and was a Massachusetts Book Awards, “Must Read Book” of 2009. Pearson received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction at The University of Houston and her MFA in poetry at George Mason University. She received two seventh-month fellowships at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She recently moved to Maryland.