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This class will explore putting the personal on the page. By examining published works, we’ll study what distinguishes art from mere accounting of experience, emotion, and/or thought . Through writing exercises, we’ll explore whether and how to bury the personal in image, persona, or fiction. We’ll discuss how to handle the potential consequences of publishing work that is directly about our lives. We’ll (safely) discover the power of getting vulnerable with the page, as well as learn to establish authority of voice. Lurking in the personal is potentially rich material; this class will help you harvest.
Tara Hardy is the working class queer femme poet who founded Bent, a writing institute for LGBTIQ people in Seattle. She's taught creative writing for fourteen years, and she's served as the Hugo House writer-in-residence. Her first full length book of poems, Bring Down the Chandeliers, was published by Write Bloody Press in the spring, 2011.
Photo by Brian Weiss