This is a class for all writers who want to explore the craft and process of writing poetry. We will spend part of each class considering the tools of craft: figures of speech, line breaks, images, music, voice, style, meter, rhyme, and form. We will consider the process of the craft: discovering subjects, prewriting exercises, drafting, and revision. By examining a variety of poems, both as examples and as points of departure for our own writing, we will explore new techniques, find new ways to organize materials. In-class exercises will help us experiment with different ways of writing poems. And the workshopping of our own drafts will bring us to fresh approaches to revision. My goal is to create a passionate, intelligent discussion of poetry where each of us gets the kind of support and feedback that will help us to develop as writers and allow us to return to the solitude of our work with renewed energy.
This will be a generative writing class focusing on the production of new work. We’ll write like crazy; we’ll go looking for stories around Dublin; we’ll discuss the process of writing fiction and how stories get made, and we’ll learn how to make writing and storytelling a part of our daily lives. Buy a notebook. Start taking notes on the plane. We’ll hit the ground writing.