Instructor: Dawn Potter
Date & Time: Saturday, May 6 | 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: CCLC, Trescott
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: Cancelled

Carolyn Forché has written of the deep pleasure that arises from “the flow of language in patterns.” When Robert Frost named this flow “the sentence-sound,” he was not referring to grammar-book rules but to the way in which a poet arranges words to express a thought. Frost knew sentences in poetry are not simply blocks of meaning. They are also patterns of sound. They are a blueprint for working out what and how a poet thinks and feels. They are conduits for curiosity, paths into mystery.

In this daylong workshop, participants will study how poets think about sentences as they delve into new work and revise existing drafts. Attendees will explore how poets such as Lucille Clifton, John Donne, Jane Kenyon, and others have chosen to fashion their sentences and then try out some of those techniques in their own new work.

In the second half of the workshop, the class will turn its attention to revision—looking at participants’ poems-in-progress and discussing how techniques of sentence construction might guide them into their next drafts.

+ PLEASE BRING Students should bring writing materials and one poem-in-progress (no longer than one page) for the revision session.

+ LUNCH This six-hour workshop will include a lunch break. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch, as there are no nearby take-out options.


Dawn Potter directs the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching, held each summer at Robert Frost’s home in Franconia, New Hampshire. She is the author or editor of seven books of prose and poetry, most recently The Vagabond’s Bookshelf: A Reader’s Memoir (2016). New poems and essays have appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, the Sewanee Review, the Threepenny Review, and many other journals in the United States and abroad. Dawn works widely as a visiting writer, leading classes for K-12 students, teacher development programs, and undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to writing, editing, and teaching, she sings and plays fiddle with the band Doughty Hill. VISIT

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