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Applying to prizes and various other opportunities is often a necessary part of a writer’s life—and seemingly ubiquitous among these applications is the “please discuss your work” statement or introduction. How can we articulate our guiding forces in a way that is fresh, earnest, and illuminating, not to mention “successful” in the end? Can we speak on our work in a way that raises both social and imaginative consciousnesses? We’ll do some generative writing to explore this, before turning to examples of authors (eg: James Tate, Lyn Hejinian) speaking enlighteningly about their writing. More practical issues of application prep will also be covered, and students are invited to bring specific questions.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through the end of 2020.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Wendy Xu is the author of You Are Not Dead (CSU Poetry Center, 2013) and the recipient of a 2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches writing at CUNY.