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Poetry II

You’ve done a workshop, or maybe you’ve done a few. You enjoy playing with metaphor and image in your poems, and you’ve even tried your hand at some formal verse, like a sonnet or a pantoum. You don’t always know the technical term for what you’re doing in your poems, but sometimes you think you’d like to learn. And you’ve started to notice that there are certain things you’re drawn to write about—illness, love, the ocean—and you want to figure out how to write about them again and again without writing the same poem a hundred times.

This intermediate workshop is designed for writers who already come to the page on their own. Though we will do plenty of in-class writing exercises, you’ve likely got a notebook stuffed in your bag and filled with scribbled lines of verse. This workshop is also for poets who are seeking out new authors to read or who are interested in attending more literary events. We will be reading work by a diverse set of authors, including Jericho Brown, AE Stallings, and Robert Wrigley—all poets who will be reading in Seattle this fall. Because if you’re on the poetry path, you not only want to write poems, you also want to read them (and find out, too, how it is that some people are publishing them).

The intermediate workshop is for a broad range of writers—you’re not a beginner, but you wouldn’t necessarily call yourself an expert. However, there are a few things we will all have in common when we come together each week: We will be broadening our poetic horizons through in-class reading and writing, and discovering own personal writing goals as poets and artists, be that mastering a craft skill or publishing one of your poems in a reputable literary magazine. We will also be reading each other’s work with a keen eye, not only to improve these individual poems, but also in order to acquire the invaluable skill of revision as something that can be practiced on your own outside of workshop. All these undertakings are the exciting next steps on your path as a writer.

Instructor: Keetje Kuipers

Class Type: 8 Sessions

Start Date: 09/28/2017

End Date: 11/16/2017

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 7:10 pm – 9:10 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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$375.00 General Price:

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Keetje Kuipers

Keetje Kuipers is the author of three books of poems, all from BOA Editions: Beautiful in the Mouth (2010), which was selected by Thomas Lux as the winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, The Keys to the Jail (2014), which was a book club selection for The Rumpus, and All Its Charms (2019), which includes poems honored by publication in both The Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. Keetje’s poetry and prose have appeared in Narrative, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, The New York Times Magazine, American Poetry Review, Orion, The Believer, and over a hundred other magazines. Her poems have also been featured as part of the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series and read on NPR’s Writer’s Almanac. Keetje has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, the Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellow in Poetry at Bread Loaf, the Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College, and the recipient of fellowships from numerous residencies including PEN Northwest’s Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency. She currently serves as Senior Editor at Poetry Northwest.

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