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4-Week Writing Workshop: About Poetry: A Crash Course w/ Jessica Fischoff

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Sign up today for a four-week online poetry writing workshop with local poet and editor Jessica Fischoff

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About Poetry: A Crash Course and Generative Workshop on Writing and Submitting Poetry

For new and seasoned poets alike, this course will assist in helping poets to generate new work through a series of prompts designed to make us think—what makes a poem great? How do we know that we are utilizing all of our resources to produce the best work possible? We’ll touch on everything from persona poetry, to narrative, to chiseling the most mundane observations into finely tuned masterpieces ready for submission to literary journals. Students will write at least ten new pieces throughout the course, and have the opportunity to peer workshop and leave with a toolbox fully loaded to aid in the revision process. Homework will be assigned each week—ranging from writing and revising a student’s own work, to offering feedback on classmate’s poems. Outside reading will be suggested to help generate and further discussion. The end goal is both to generate new work and to revise that work so that it is where it needs to be to submit for publication. This isn't a basic start-up class of how to write poetry, but more a class on how to utilize a writers' resources to create the unexpected.

Week One: Introduction to the course, including a discussion of what makes a poem great and things to consider when constructing poetry, from topics and themes to word choice and line-breaks. We’ll take a new look at these poetic foundations, and consider sources for inspiration, whether to beat writers’ block or continue with larger projects, and ideas to start from scratch.

Week Two: Persona, Setting and How to Make the Most Out of the Mundane. Students will focus on generative prompts, associated readings, and discussion on how to turn anything and everything into a poem.

Week Three: Workshop and discussion on editing techniques. A conversation about how to be your best editor and the tools with which to shape your editing process into the most successful experience possible.

Week Four: Presentation of final project (to be discussed throughout the classes), and a conversation on how and where to submit work for publication, from individual poems to literary journals, to full-length manuscripts to publishing houses.

This workshop will also feature an online showcase reading of student work, to be held virtually through White Whale!

This online workshop is suitable for both beginners and experienced writers. Prior experience writing prose or in writers' workshops is a bonus, but not a requirement.

PDFS will be provided of specific poems that we will review for class. A book list of outside texts students might want to purchase for further reading will also be provided.

All students who register and attend will receive 10% off a future workshop!

This workshop will take place on Zoom. The link will be provided via email the day of the event. Registration ends at 10pm ET on 4/23. Our minimum enrollment is 5 and our maximum is 20. Please head to whitewhalebookstore.com/student-policies for more information on our refund and cancellation policies.

There will be a limited number of scholarships available for folks experiencing financial hardship at the moment or who otherwise find the fee to be a burden; please email events@whitewhalebookstore.com for more information.

About the instructor:

Jessica Fischoff is the Editor and Owner of [PANK], Editor and Owner of American Poetry Journal, author of the little book of poems, The Desperate Measure of Undoing (Across the Margin, 2019). Her thoughts on editing appear in Best American Poetry and The Kenyon Review. Her writing appears in Esquire, The Southampton Review, The Common, Adroit Journal, and Diode. She is the Donald Hall Fellow at Bennington College. Learn more at jessicafischoff.com.

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