10 WEEKS, 10 POEMS: A High-Powered Poetry Workshop

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10 WEEKS, 10 POEMS: A High-Powered Poetry Workshop
October 1, 2014 6:00 pm
MWPA Member $450 | Nonmember $600
August 6, 2014
USM’s Glickman Library
314 Forest Avenue, #318 , Portland, 04101, United States

MWPA-215x215Instructor: Gibson Fay-LeBlanc
Date & Time: Wednesday, Oct 1 – Dec 10 | 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $450 | Nonmember $600


This ten-week master class in poetry will focus on revising poems in progress and generating new poems that push beyond the bounds of our current work. We will read contemporary poems and decode how some poems whisper in your ear and others punch you in the gut.


The workshop will include writing exercises designed to break us out of our usual habits while sinking us deeper into our preoccupations and obsessions. By the end of ten weeks, each student will have ten poems—some close to finished, some in mid-revision, some still starting out—and an idea about how these poems relate to each other and might be assembled into part of a book.


MSS SUBMISSION After registering, participants are asked to submit a poetry manuscript of their writing in advance. Participants should please submit a manuscript of 3-5 poems (or 10 pages) by no later than 9:00 a.m. on September 19. Please email the manuscript to director@mainewriters.org with the subject line: “FAY-LEBLANC WORKSHOP MSS”


+ Each week’s session will include a poem workshop and discussion of a certain craft aspect of poetry writing (the image, the leap, line breaks, rhythm, received forms, organic forms, etc.)


+ Participants of this poetry workshop should be prepared to write a new poem each week as well.


+ Participants will study poems by a wide range of mostly contemporary poets like Philip Levine, Lucille Clifton, Robert Hass, Louise Gluck, Timothy Donnelly, Brenda Shaughnessy, and many others.


DATES The workshop will meet every Wed between October 1 and December 10 except November 26, which is the week of Thanksgiving.


PAYMENTS Participants may pay for this workshop in one payment, or may pay in three installments of $150, due at the first of each month (October, November, December).


CEU The MWPA is proud to offer Continuing Education Units (CEU) for this workshop. The CEU is a nationally recognized method of quantifying the time spent in the classroom during non-credit learning. Ten hours of instruction equal one (1) CEU. (*Please note that by definition, CEUs are non-credit continuing education and therefore not transferrable as academic credit.)


Gibson Fay-LeBlanc’s first collection of poems, Death of a Ventriloquist, was chosen by Lisa Russ Spaar for the Vassar Miller Prize and published in 2012. The book received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, spent several weeks on the Poetry Foundation’s list of contemporary best-sellers, and was featured by Poets & Writers as one of a dozen debut collections to watch. His poems have appeared in magazines including Guernica, The New Republic, and Tin House as well as on the PBS NewsHour’s Art Beat, and appear in recent issues of jubilat, Slice, and The Literary Review.


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