GOING TO THE PLACES THAT SCARE YOU: A Multi-Genre Workshop in Literary Emotional Risk-Taking

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GOING TO THE PLACES THAT SCARE YOU: A Multi-Genre Workshop in Literary Emotional Risk-Taking
September 13, 2014 10:30 am
MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $115
July 31, 2014
USM’s Glickman Library
314 Forest Avenue, Portland, 04101, United States


MWPA-215x215Instructor: Arielle Greenberg
Date & Time: Saturday, September 13 | 10:30 a.m. to 1:30
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $115


Emerson said, “Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” Arielle’s philosophy is this: why are we writing, if not to experiment, discover hard truths, explore complexities, and surprise ourselves? For this workshop, we will create a safe space to go deep: we’ll look at samples of fearless writing in various genres, use a number of exercises to create lists of the topics and ideas that feel most urgent and scary for us, and then try to write fearlessly toward those ideas. No one will be required to share this work in progress, but everyone will go home with the germs for some brave new writing.


This is a generative workshop, in which we’ll be making new work rather than critiquing existing writing, and writers in all genres are welcome.


Recommended for intermediate and advanced writers who already have a good sense of their own literary voices and skills and are interested in going further in what they address and how they address it.


NOTE: This class will not be workshopping poems in the traditional sense; no previously written poems will be critiqued. Instead, we will be drafting new poems, trying out new modes and techniques, and turning off our inner censors. Come ready to write!


Arielle Greenberg is a former associate professor in the MFA and undergraduate poetry program at Columbia College Chicago and current faculty in the University of Tampa’s low-residency MFA program. Twice featured in the Best American Poetry series, she is a MacDowell Colony fellow, the author of three nationally published poetry collections, and co-editor of several poetry anthologies. She is also a literary critic and scholar and regular columnist for the American Poetry Review.


The MWPA is proud to offer one full fellowship to this workshop. The fellowship will be judged on both writing ability and financial need. The application’s “Statement of Financial Need” will serve as the writing sample. To apply for a fellowship, please download the application form on the MWPA website.
> DEADLINE: Monday, September 1 at 9:00 a.m.


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