With form, poets not only build stronger technical skills but also discover new habits that can help their writing process. Whether you’ve never written a villanelle or want to improve, join us. We’ll read some great examples and discuss what topics are the best fit for this form. Then you’ll begin to write your own. We’ll look at the craft elements of the villanelle: rhyme, repetition, line breaks and enjambement, and building narrative through repetition, as well as discuss revision tips.
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Melanie Figg is a poet and essayist, currently working on a hybrid memoir. Her award-winning poetry collection, Trace, was named one of the year’s "Best Indie Books" by Kirkus Reviews. She's received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, and others, and has had work published in dozens of literary journals, including The Iowa Review, Nimrod, The Rumpus, Hippocampus, and the American Journal of Poetry. As a certified professional coach, Melanie offers women’s writing retreats and works remotely with writers on their manuscripts as well as their creative process.