• Term: Spring 2022
  • Start Date: April 20, 2022
  • End Date: May 25, 2022
  • Day of Week: Wednesday
  • Time: 1:10pm - 3:10pm
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: In Person
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $305.00
  • Member Price: $274.50

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Telling Our Stories: Narrative Forms in Poetry (IN-PERSON)

In this class, we will learn to tell our stories in narrative poetry, exploring strategies to get started and keep the story going. We will read poets who know how to sustain narrative voices and rhythms, and we will try writing long poems, sequences, prose poems, and poetic forms that unexpectedly provoke narrative: anaphora/litany, duplex, golden shovel, paradelle, round, and others. Whether you are contemplating a voyage or already underway, this workshop will help you sustain wonder in your journey.

Carolyne Wright

Carolyne Wright


Carolyne Wright's new book is Masquerade: a Memoir in Poetry (Lost Horse Press, 2021). Her previous book from Lost Horse is This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2017), whose title poem received a Pushcart Prize and appeared in The Best American Poetry 2009. She has nine earlier books and chapbooks of poetry; a ground-breaking anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse, 2015), which received ten Pushcart Prize nominations; five award-winning volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali; and a book of essays. Carolyne has served as Visiting Poet and professor of Creative Writing at colleges and universities throughout the U.S., including Harvard, Radcliffe, Emory University and the University of Miami. She returned in 2005 to her native Seattle, where she teaches for Hugo House, the Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program (from 2005 until the program’s closure in 2016), and for national and international literary conferences and festivals. A Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes, Carolyne lived in Chile and traveled in Brazil on a Fulbright Grant; and she returned to Brazil in 2018 on an Instituto Sacatar artists residency in Bahia. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, 4Culture, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture; and a Fulbright U. S. Scholar Award granted in 2020 will take her back to Salvador, Bahia, after the CoVid-19 pandemic subsides in Brazil.