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Taking a Turn: What Happens When a Poem Shifts?

The sonnet contains a volta: a characteristic turn in its middle where the poem’s argument noticeably shifts. But is it possible every poem, whether free or formal verse, contains a volta of some kind? What power do these turns have on us as readers, and how can we harness that as writers? We’ll look at an eclectic array of poems for inspiration and create a portfolio of new work with in-class writing prompts, using literary tools such as point of view, tone, epiphany, and structure, as well as more experimental approaches. All levels welcome.

Instructor: Sierra Nelson

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 05/05/2015

No Class On: 6/2/2015

End Date: 06/16/2015

Days of the Week: Tuesday

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Sierra Nelson

Sierra Nelson is a poet, performer, and installation artist. Her books include forthcoming poetry collection The Lachrymose Report (Poetry Northwest Editions), lyrical choose-your-own-adventure I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal Press), and chapbook In Case of Loss (Toadlily). Earning her MFA in Poetry from University of Washington (2002), Nelson is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, Carolyn Kizer Prize winner, Pushcart Prize nominee, and winner of the Carolyn Kizer Prize and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture's CityArtist Grant. She is also co-founder of literary performance groups The Typing Explosion and Vis-à-Vis Society, and president of Seattle's Cephalopod Appreciation Society. For more info: songsforsquid.tumblr.com

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