Instructor: Lee Sharkey
Date & Time: Saturday, August 12 | 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: Rockland Public Library
Fee: MWPA Member $50 | Nonmember $105
Though it usually gets less attention in discussions of poetry than imagery, voice, and formal structure, syntax—the arrangement of words to form phrases, clauses, and sentences—is integral to shaping a poem’s tone, pace, music, cadence, and emotional effect on the reader.
In this workshop, attendees will review some fundamentals of English-language syntax, examine how poets from Whitman and Dickinson to contemporary wordsmiths such as Ocean Vuong, Tyehimba Jess, and Martha Collins have deployed sentence structure and fragmentation to a range of effects in their work, and try out a variety of syntactic strategies in writing exercises.
Lee Sharkey’s Walking Backwards just appeared from Tupelo Press. Her earlier collections include Calendars of Fire (Tupelo, 2013), A Darker, Sweeter String (Off the Grid, 2008), and eight other full-length poetry books and chapbooks. Her work has been published in Crazyhorse, FIELD, Kenyon Review, Massachusetts Review, Nimrod, Pleiades, Seattle Review, and other journals. She is the recipient of the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, the Abraham Sutzkever Centennial Translation Prize, the Maine Arts Commission’s Fellowship in Literary Arts, the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance’s Distinguished Achievement Award, the RHINO Editor’s Prize, the Shadowgraph Poetry Prize, and Zone 3’s Rainmaker Award in Poetry. She leads a creative writing workshop for adults recovering from mental illness and serves as Senior Editor of the Beloit Poetry Journal. VISIT leesharkey.net
ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED
All MWPA workshops require advanced registration. We accept registration by phone, mail, and online via PayPal. We cannot guarantee registration in the final 24-hours before a workshop, and can rarely accommodate day-of registration.
REGISTER BY PHONE
Call 207-228-8263 and register with your VISA or MasterCard.
REGISTER BY MAIL
If you prefer to pay by mail, please print this registration form (downloadable PDF) and mail it to the MWPA with a check or credit card information.
REGISTER ONLINE WITH PAYPAL
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 31 at 9:00 a.m.
→ MORE INFORMATION
MWPA WORKSHOP POLICIES
Registration in any MWPA workshop, program, or event constitutes your agreement to our terms and conditions.
→ WORKSHOP POLICIES