Writing the Forbidden: A Poetry Workshop
In this combination workshop-focused and generative class, you will write the forbidden. What’s forbidden to one writer may not be forbidden to another. Some feel forbidden to write about emotions (anger, happiness etc.) or circumstances (trauma, ecstasy, poverty, wealth, sexuality, mental illness, family secrets etc.); some feel forbidden to write about people different than themselves; for others, certain forms are forbidden. Whatever your forbidden territory is, I encourage you to visit it with curiosity and attention. We will proceed as a group of risk-takers together, none of us traveling to precisely the same place, but all of us keeping one another company on the journey. I will emphasize intuitive methods and ask you to cleave to what makes your secret heart beat faster. Daily readings, prompts and exercises will be provided.
Jennifer Tseng is the author of three award-winning poetry collections; a collection of flash fiction, The Passion of Woo & Isolde, a Firecracker Award finalist and winner of an Eric Hoffer Book Award; and a novel, Mayumi & the Sea of Happiness, finalist for the PEN American Center's Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the New England Book Award. In addition to teaching for 24PearlSt, Tseng is a Visiting Core Faculty member of OSU-Cascades' Low Residency MFA program. She lives on Martha's Vineyard.