Elements of Poetic Memoir

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Elements of Poetic Memoir

75.00

September 16th
9am-3pm (lunch hour 11:30-12:30)
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In this workshop, we’ll explore the intersection between poetry and memoir, with an emphasis on drafting new poems based on memories. We’ll look for themes in our poems, such as a certain place, moment in time, or perception of the world, around which we can organize our poems.  Through readings, discussion, and writing exercises, we’ll explore elements of self—memory, home, and identity, for example—and participate in writing exercises to shape our stories and memories into new work and help revise poems we’ve started. We’ll also learn which language and details are best able to bring our past experiences to life for readers. 

We’ll spend approximately half of our time reading and discussing the merits and mechanics of poems based on memories, as well as the challenges of writing our own poetic memoirs. The rest of our time will be devoted to writing. While prompts will be provided to revive old memories and jumpstart writing, writers are welcome to spend the time revising drafts of old work if they prefer.

 

Angela Voras-Hills holds and MFA from UMass-Boston and received awards from the Writers' Room of Boston, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and the Key West Literary Seminar. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals, including Kenyon Review Online, Best New PoetsHayden's Ferry Review, & Memorious, among other journals and anthologies. She has taught creative writing workshops for various community organizations over the years and is co-founder of a new community-based non-profit arts organization, Arts + Literature Laboratory, in Madison, WI. She currently lives with her family in Milwaukee.

 

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