24PearlStreet Workshops and Events

Sandra Beasley “You Should Write About That” Multi-Genre January 23 to January 27, 2017 Number of Participants: 12 Price: $500 Format: 1 Week Asynchronous Workshop

We are writers, but not just writers. We bring different areas of expertise to the table—whether a profession, another creative passion, travel, or the experience of parenting a sick child. Have you ever had someone say “You should write about that,” and not known where to begin? This one-week intensive course unlocks that material.

We’ll begin with a one-on-one email consultation that identifies your core area of outside expertise; we’ll identify any concerns and troubleshoot. Each day’s work includes a generative exercise designed to move you from prosaic understanding to poetic phrasing. You can opt to work in the mode of poetry or flash nonfiction. We’ll focus on building a vocabulary for the reader, conceiving figurative language, and using form to enact content. We will read inspiring work from poets and memoirists who deploy their outside realms of knowledge on the page. You can create new drafts, or revise old ones, depending on what works best for you. Our culminating exchange will include editorial feedback on two to three poems or up to 1,800 words of nonfiction, and the option of a phone or video / Skype conference.


Sandra Beasley is the author of Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a disability memoir. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Virginia Quarterly Review, Creative Nonfiction, LitHub, and A Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays. She is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Made to Explode, which won the Housatonic Book Award, and she edited Vinegar and Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance. Honors include the Munster Literature Centre’s John Montague Fellowship, an NEA fellowship, and six DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities fellowships.





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