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The Dead Poem Society

All Levels | You know those dead poems we all have. Perhaps you have triaged them as needing life support, but those ghost poems keep nagging at you. Join Gary Copeland Lilley at a workshop about revision, and a re-visioning of…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Gary Copeland Lilley

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Start Date: 03/09/2019 – 10:00:00

Gary Copeland Lilley

Gary Copeland Lilley is the author of eight books of poetry, the most recent being The Bushman's Medicine Show, from Lost Horse Press (2017), and a chapbook, The Hog Killing, from Blue Horse Press (2018). He is originally from North Carolina and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. He has received the Washington DC Commission on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry. He is published in numerous anthologies and journals, including Best American Poetry 2014, Willow Springs, The Swamp, Waxwing, the Taos International Journal of Poetry, and the African American Review. He is a Cave Canem Fellow.

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In the Groove: Poems and Music

All Levels | We’re going to listen to tunes, read some jazz and blues poems from stellar practitioners, and write and share some of our own responses in class. Want to bring music into your readings, at open mics or…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Kim Addonizio

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Start Date: 03/09/2019 – 10:00:00

Kim Addonizio

Kim Addonizio is the author of a dozen books, most recently Mortal Trash: Poems (W.W. Norton) and Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life (Penguin). She has two word/music CDs: Swearing, Smoking, Drinking & Kissing (with Susan Browne) and My Black Angel. She performs internationally and teaches poetry workshops online. Visit her at www.kimaddonizio.com.

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How to Fund Your Writing Habit

Starting, changing, or jump-starting your career? Whether you’re applying for a Fulbright, for a summer residency, as a writer-in-residence, for an MFA, to J-school, or for a journalism grant, you’ll learn tips and tricks for success. Learn how to fund…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Vanessa Hua

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Start Date: 03/16/2019 – 10:00:00

Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, and the novel, A River of Stars, which O, The Oprah Magazine calls "a marvel" and The Economist says is "delightful." For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and in fiction, about Asia and the Asian diaspora. She has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award, and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing, as well as honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post. She works and teaches at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto.

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Super-Powered Storytelling

Twenty pages, five to seven scenes. Splash pages, two-page spreads, gutters. A plots and B plots and C plots. Heroes and villains and love interests and sidekicks. Emotional arcs. Panels and layouts. I am a better novelist, a better screenwriter…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Benjamin Percy

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Start Date: 03/16/2019 – 10:00:00
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Benjamin Percy

Benjamin Percy is the author of three novels, most recently The Dead Lands, a post apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga. He is also the author of Red Moon and The Wilding, as well as two books of short stories. His honors include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Whiting Writers’ Award, two Pushcart Prizes, the Plimpton Prize, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics.

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Point of View in Fiction

All Levels | Many writers assume point of view in fiction is intuitively selecting from either first-person or third-person perspective . . .and go! But understanding what goes into that deceptively simple choice is crucial for the fiction writer seeking to…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Irina Reyn

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Start Date: 03/16/2019 – 10:00:00

Irina Reyn

Irina Reyn is the author of three novels, Mother Country, The Imperial Wife and What Happened to Anna K. She teaches fiction writing at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Finding Plot in Character

If I teach nothing in my writing classes, I teach this: do not outline your novel or novella or short story or essay or memoir. Do not think out the plot, the narrative arc, the protagonist’s journey, whatever you want…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Andre Dubus III

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Start Date: 03/20/2019 – 10:00:00
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Andre Dubus III

Andre Dubus III is the author of The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, Bluesman, and the New York Times bestsellers, House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days (soon to be a major motion picture) and his memoir, Townie, a #4 New York Times bestseller and a New York Times "Editors Choice". His work has been included in The Best American Essays and The Best Spiritual Writing anthologies, and his novel, House of Sand and Fog was a finalist for the National Book Award, a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly. His novella collection, Dirty Love, was published in the fall of 2013 and was listed as a “Notable Book” by The Washington Post and The New York Times, and was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice”, and a Kirkus “Starred Best Book of 2013”. His new novel, Gone So Long, published in October 2018, has received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal and has been named on many “Best Books” lists, including selection for The Boston Globe’s “Twenty Best Books of 2018” and “The Best Books of 2018”, “Top 100”, Amazon.
Mr. Dubus has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, Two Pushcart Prizes, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His books are published in over twenty-five languages, and he teaches full-time at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Fontaine, a modern dancer, and their three children.

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Re-Imagining Fairytales & Folklore

All Levels | There is little more daunting than the blank page. But what if you didn’t have to start from nothing? What if the strange, beloved stories you’ve known all your life could act as your guide? For poets,…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: GennaRose Nethercott

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Start Date: 03/21/2019 – 18:00:00

GennaRose Nethercott

GennaRose Nethercott’s book The Lumberjack’s Dove (Ecco/HarperCollins) was selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series for 2017. She is also the lyricist behind the narrative song collection Modern Ballads, and is a Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellow. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies including BOMB, The Massachusetts Review, The Offing, and PANK, and she has been a writer-in-residence at the Shakespeare & Company bookstore, Art Farm Nebraska, and The Vermont Studio Center, among others. A born Vermonter, she tours nationally and internationally composing poems-to-order for strangers on a 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter.

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Memoir Four Ways

The dates for this class have been updated from the print catalog. What is it about the genre of memoir that we find so thrilling, so intriguing and yet, so oft scandalized and difficult to accept as the legitimate sister…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Sophia Shalmiyev

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Start Date: 03/22/2019 – 10:00:00

Sophia Shalmiyev

Sophia Shalmiyev emigrated from Leningrad in 1990. She is an MFA graduate of Portland State University with a second master's degree in creative arts therapy from the School of Visual Arts. She lives in Portland with her two children. Mother Winter is her first book.

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The Joy of Syntax

In this hands-on workshop we’ll practice improvisational writing, using the often under-explored resources of syntax to draw our poems and stories into new territories.

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Catherine Barnett

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Start Date: 03/24/2019 – 10:00:00

Catherine Barnett

Catherine Barnett is the author of three collections of poems, Human Hours (a New York Times “Best Poetry of 2018” selection), The Game of Boxes (winner of the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets), and Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced (winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award). Her honors include a Whiting Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She teaches graduate and undergraduate students in the Creative Writing Program at NYU, is a Distinguished Lecturer at Hunter College, and lives in New York City.

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Poetry and Memory

All Levels | Memory is specific, sensory and concrete—like the best writing. We will learn how our forgotten memories of simple things—from the taste of an ice-cream soda, to holding a kitten in our lap, to the sound of our…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Kim Dower & Erica Jong

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Start Date: 04/01/2019 – 10:00:00
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Kim Dower & Erica Jong

Kim Dower, originally from New York City, received a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, where she also taught creative writing. She has published three collections of poetry, all from Red Hen Press: Air Kissing on Mars, (2010) which was on the Poetry Foundation’s Contemporary Best Sellers list and described by the Los Angeles Times as, “sensual and evocative . . . seamlessly combining humor and heartache,” Slice of Moon, (2013) called, “unexpected and sublime,” by O magazine, and Last Train to the Missing Planet, (2016), “full of worldly, humorous insights into life as it is,” says Janet Fitch. Her fourth collection, Sunbathing on Tyrone Power’s Grave is out on April 1, 2019. Kim’s work has been nominated for two Pushcarts and has been featured in the Academy of American Poets, Poem-A-Day, Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac, and Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry, as well as in Ploughshares, Barrow Street, Rattle, and Eclipse. Her poems are included in several anthologies. She teaches workshops in the B.A. Program of Antioch University Los Angeles as well as weekly workshops for the City of West Hollywood Library. Kim was City Poet Laureate of West Hollywood, California from October 2016 – October 2018. kimdowerpoet.com

Erica Jong is a celebrated poet, novelist & essayist with over 26 published books that have been influential all over the world. Her new book of poetry titled The World Began With Yes is due for publication in the U.S. on April 16th, 2019 by Red Hen Press. Erica’s most popular novel, Fear of Flying celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013. Never out of print, it has sold over 35 million copies in 42 languages including Chinese and Arabic. Her awards include the Fernanda Pivano Award for Literature in Italy (named for the critic who introduced Ernest Hemingway, Allen Ginsberg, and Erica Jong to the Italian public); the Sigmund Freud Award in Italy; the Deauville Literary Award in France; the United Nations Award for Excellence in Literature; Poetry Magazine’s Bess Hokin Prize (also won by Sylvia Plath and W.S. Merwin). Erica’s poetry has appeared in publications worldwide, including The New Yorker, L.A. Times, The Paris Review, Haaretz, and many more. Erica lives in New York and Connecticut with her husband and two poodles. Her daughter, Molly Jong-Fast is also an amazing writer. You can find more information about Erica Jong at her website: ericajong.com. You can also follow Erica on twitter at @EricaJong and on facebook.

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My House But Not My House: Surrealist Poetry & the Imagination

What we love most about our dreams is also what can make them frightening: they’re of our making, but out of our control. Surrealism aims to access the parts of us that build the imaginative landscapes we visit in our…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Laura Eve Engel

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Start Date: 04/03/2019 – 6:00 PM
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Laura Eve Engel

Laura Eve Engel is the author of Things That Go (Octopus Books). The recipient of fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, her work can be found in The Awl, Best American Poetry, Boston Review, The Nation, PEN America, Tin House and elsewhere.

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What Now?

You wrote something. So now what? The most indispensable tool in writing is editing. Every draft is an opportunity to reimagine, experiment, and learn. In this workshop, we will closely read and consider our works-in-progress. There will be no prescriptions…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Morgan Parker

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Start Date: 04/04/2019 – 1:00 PM
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Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker is the author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books 2015), selected by Eileen Myles for the 2013 Gatewood Prize. Her second collection, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, is forthcoming from Tin House Books in February 2017. Morgan received her Bachelors in Anthropology and Creative Writing from Columbia University and her MFA in Poetry from NYU. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, as well as anthologized in Why I Am Not A Painter (Argos Books), The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, and Best American Poetry 2016. Winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize and a Cave Canem graduate fellow, Morgan lives with her dog Braeburn in Brooklyn, NY. She works as an Editor for Little A and Day One. She also teaches creative writing and co-curates the Poets With Attitude (PWA) reading series with Tommy Pico. With poetAngel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective. She is a Sagittarius.

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Writing Hybrid Forms

The nontraditional texts of writers Claudia Rankine and Maggie Nelson brought new readers to poetry. But are these works poetry? How do we define genre, showcase our critical observations, champion our individual lyric? In this class, we will blur the…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Shayla Lawson

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Start Date: 04/20/2019 – 10:00 AM
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Shayla Lawson

Shayla Lawson is the author of three hybrid poetry collections—A Speed Education in Human Being, PANTONE, I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean—and a forthcoming collection of essays from Harper Perennial. Her work has appeared in Guernica, ESPN, Tin House, and Salon. She is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo Artist Colony, and serves as Director of Creative Writing at Amherst College.

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Haiku Intensive

Often misrepresented or only partially understood, the heart of haiku contains many lessons for poets in its compacted form: image, metaphor, enjambment, attention, word choice, and silence. We will survey the history and core principles while reading ancient and contemporary…

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Janaka Stucky

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Start Date: 04/23/2019 – 1:00 PM
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Janaka Stucky

Janaka Stucky is a mystic poet, performer, and founding editor of the award-winning press, Black Ocean. He is the author of The Truth Is We Are Perfect, Your Name Is The Only Freedom, The World Will Deny It For You, and his latest book, Ascend Ascend (Third Man Books, 2019). He has performed in over 60 cities around the world. His poems have appeared in such journals as Denver Quarterly, Jacket2, Fence and North American Review, and his articles have been published by The Huffington Post and The Poetry Foundation. He is also a two-time National Haiku Champion. More at janakastucky.com.

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Finding Your Themes

This workshop will allow writers of all levels to explore their personal themes so that they can start, revise, and finish their story drafts. Please bring writing paper and a pen. (This course does not include a lunch break.)

Course Type: 1 Session  |   Instructor: Min Jin Lee

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Start Date: 05/03/2019 – 10:00 AM
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Min Jin Lee

Min Jin Lee is a recipient of fellowships in Fiction from the Guggenheim Foundation (2018) and the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard (2018–2019). Her novel Pachinko (Grand Central, 2017) was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, a runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and a New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017. Her writings have appeared in the New Yorker, NPR’s Selected Shorts, One Story, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, Condé Nast Traveler, and Wall Street Journal.

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