Poet and artist Matthea Harvey has described her process as a combination of impulses: “When I’m writing, part of me is frolicking in the sea foam (imagination) and part of me is hunting the monsters in the deep (emotions).” In this workshop we will plunge in to those same teeming waters and explore, harnessing imagination and emotion, image and language, to create and shape new work.
In this one-day workshop we’ll explore and employ poetry as a means of accessing and expressing memories, experiences, impressions, emotions and insights you may have been struggling to convey in prose. The emphasis will be on generative prompts based on selections of accessible contemporary poetry. Though the focus will be on poetry, we’ll also consider ways to employ the tools and craft used by poets in other genres, including memoir and fiction. The practice of poetry is a great way to sharpen syntax, while the genre’s emphasis on concision can help to strengthen clarity and control – important qualities in any writing discipline.
From the verbal to the visual to the tactile, the day’s prompts will be designed to help you generate the kind of imagery, elevated language and access to emotion that distinguishes poetry from other genres. By the end of the day, you will come away with a trove of material that you will be able to craft into form poetry or verse if you choose, or employ within prose projects in ways that can elevate and heighten key aspects of your memoir, essay or fiction projects.
3 Sylvan Road South, Westport
10am – 1pm
Saturday, May 2