Instructor: Colin Cheney
Date & Time: Saturday, July 15 | 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: USM’s Glickman Library
Level: Intermediate/Open to Beginners
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $120
The revered author Roald Dahl once said “Good writing is essentially rewriting.” Most everyone who has written a poem knows this to be true. This daylong workshop will consider exactly why this is so, and how to improve the process of rewriting poems with new strategies.
Participants will spend the morning studying how poets have approached the process of revision at the level of line, stanza, and poem. Examining poems by Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Gary Soto, Elizabeth Bishop, and others, participants will discuss how and why these poems evolved and changed from inception to their final forms. In directed exercises, attendees will also have a chance to test out some of the strategies they have identified together.
In the afternoon, the class will turn toward discussion and workshopping of the participants’ own poems with an eye toward strategies for re-writing. To create a nurturing and productive workshop environment, techniques and etiquette for constructive critique and supportive feedback will be provided in advance.
+ SUBMIT After registering, participants are asked to submit one poem to be workshopped by no later than 9:00 a.m. on July 6. Please email the manuscripts as attachments (Word files are preferred, but PDFs are acceptable) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “CHENEY WORKSHOP MSS.”
+ PLEASE BRING Participants should bring either a notebook and pen or a laptop to write on during the workshop. Please note that laptops must be fully charged, as MWPA cannot guarantee access to outlets.
Colin Cheney is the author of Here Be Monsters (University of Georgia Press, 2010), a National Poetry Series selection. His work has appeared in publications such as AGNI, American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry. He has received a Pushcart Prize and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship. Cheney has taught writing at New York University and the City University of Hong Kong. He is creator and co-host of the podcast Poet in Bangkok and a founding editor of Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art. He co-hosts the Vinland Poetry reading series in Portland.
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The MWPA is proud to offer one full scholarship to this workshop for members-only. Scholarships are awarded on a combination of need and merit. Application Due in the MWPA office on July 3 at 9:00 a.m.
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