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Generating Short Forms: Lydia Davis and the American Prose Poem

All Levels | In this class, we’ll focus on Lydia Davis, known for the extreme brevity of her narratives, in relationship to the American prose poem tradition. Participants may respond to assignments with prose poems, “regular” poems, aphorisms, postcard messages, movie scripts, grocery lists, mini essays, flash fiction, etc. As long as responses are reasonably pithy, they qualify. Weekly writing prompts and read-arounds.

Texts: The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis (Picador, 2009); Great American Prose Poems ed. Lehman (Scribner, 2003).

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Deborah Woodard

Class Type: 6 Sessions

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Start Date: 01/18/2020

End Date: 02/22/2020

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 18

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Deborah Woodard

Deborah Woodard's first full-length collection, Plato's Bad Horse, appeared in 2006 (Bear Star Press). Her new collection, Borrowed Tales, was recently published by Stockport Flats.

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