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Oulipo: The Creative Beauty of Constraints

All Levels. Founded in France in the 1960s, Oulipo (loosely translated to “workshop of potential literature”), unites language with mathematics to create constrained writing defined by set structures / patterns. The constraints are a means to trigger ideas that may otherwise be ignored during the traditional writing process. The course will focus on one constraint each week. Possible constraints: lipograms, univocalism (writing that excludes all but one vowel), sonnet palindromes, and snowball (writing in which each successive word is a letter longer).

Instructor: Erich Schweikher

Class Type: 6 Sessions

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Start Date: 11/12/2017

End Date: 12/17/2017

Days of the Week: Sunday

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Erich Schweikher

Erich Schweikher recently returned to Seattle after seven years of teaching and writing in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the co-founder and editor of the annual poetry/poetics journal Northside Review. (He finds that it is often more enjoyable to publish others’ work than write his own.) His poems and essays have appeared in Hawai’i Pacific Review, Action Yes, and 42opus, among others. Born and raised in Arizona, he has always had a fondness for the sea. He still dreams of being a tugboat captain.

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