LIVE via ZOOM: 12pm-2pm (Eastern)
In this generative poetry workshop we’ll create and share new work, experimenting with a wide variety of subject matter and approaches. I’ll provide flexible writing prompts and model poems to get us started each day. As we discuss the work, we’ll pay special attention to line, syntax, and stanza, and will consider the choices we make in free-verse poems: How are the elements of the poem working on their own? How do they work with—or against—each other? Where might we focus our energy in revision? My expectation is that during the week, we’ll build creative momentum and develop new strategies that will carry participants forward in their own writing practice.
Maggie Smith is the award-winning author of You Could Make This Place Beautiful, Good Bones, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, Lamp of the Body, and the national bestsellers Goldenrod and Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change. Smith’s poems and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Nation, TIME, The Best American Poetry, and more. She is on the MFA faculty of the Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing and has taught poetry at The University of Michigan, The Ohio State University, Ohio Wesleyan University, and Gettysburg College.