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All Levels. For anyone who has ever reached a now-or-never moment in life, Snap Sonnets will crystallize how poets seize that now-or-never crisis and drive it into fourteen lines with a turn—using a magic proportion of 8 to 6. Peacock will examine a classic sonnet and a contemporary sonnet, then will provide individualized writing prompts—the Snap—for all who desire one. This is a “studio” concept workshop, The first half is a technique seminar. The second half is like a painting studio, where we will draft sonnets—not to be shared unless the participant wants to. The class is for any level, beginner to advanced. The motto? In the attempt is the success.
Molly Peacock is a poet, biographer, essayist, and short fiction writer whose multi-genre literary life has taken her from New York City to Toronto, from poetry to prose, from words to words-and-pictures, and from lyric self-examination to curiosity about the lives of others. Her newest book is The Analyst: poems. The Analyst tells the story of a decades-long patient-therapist relationship that reverses after the analyst’s stroke and continues to evolve. She is also the author of the best-selling biography The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72 (McClelland & Stewart in Canada, Scribe in Australia and New Zealand; Bloomsbury in the US and UK ). Beginning her literary life as a poet, she has published six books of poetry, including The Second Blush (W.W. Norton and Company; McClelland & Stewart) and Cornucopia: New and Selected Poems (W.W. Norton and Company; McClelland & Stewart).
Her poetry is included in The Oxford Book of American Poetry as well as Canadian anthologies. Among her other works are a memoir, Paradise, Piece By Piece, and How To Read a Poem & Start a Poetry Circle. As well, she is the editor of a collection of creative non-fiction, The Private I: Privacy in a Public World, and the co-editor of Poetry in Motion: One Hundred Poems from the Subways and Buses. Peacock inaugurated and serves as the General Editor for the Best Canadian Poetry in English.
Molly Peacock’s first foray into fiction is Alphabetique: 26 Characteristic Fictions with illustrations by Kara Kosaka (McClelland & Stewart, November 2014).
More at mollypeacock.org