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Join us as we examine the challenges and freedoms a prose poem offers, and stretch your poetic voice in surprising and new directions.

In this 5-week class, writers will develop their own compelling fictional worlds by creating dynamic characters, choosing perfect points-of-view, building strong narrative plot and realistic dialogue, and creating vivid scenes. The class concludes with information about how and where to submit work to agents, contests, and literary journals.

Explore strategies for composition and revision that may reframe your writing process and infuse your poems with new sources of inspiration. Participants will be asked to submit a writing sample of five pages of poetry by March 3rd to be workshopped in class. Please bring 10 copies of this sample to the workshop for distribution to other participants.

Learn to pay renewed attention to the intersection of the personal and the social in your life. How do our personal stories overlap with the wider social context? We will learn various strategies for addressing the themes most vital to us, and through this writing process begin to heal the world as we heal ourselves.

Plunge into the world of hardboiled detectives, femme fatales, and nihilistic grifters through novels of the classic era of American crime fiction from the 1930’s to the 1950’s. Roam humanity’s psycho-social depths across the rich landscapes of American cities and countryside, exploring four powerful books that left an indelible mark on American literature, film, and popular culture. Join us in a rich discussion of these diverse Noir novels that defined and transcended their genre.

Discuss patience as worldview, process, and tool for enrichening your own writing. We’ll read and discuss poems that model the value of patience and pacing and generate some drafts of our own.