long-form poetry workshop

August 24, 2015

WOTS 2015

Now in its 30th year, Write on the Sound (WOTS) Writers’ Conference will take place October 2, 3, and 4, 2015, at the Frances Anderson Center in Edmonds, Washington. In addition to a robust schedule of sessions on Saturday and Sunday, WOTS will also present a half-day poetry-writing session on Friday, October 2, as part of its pre-conference schedule of full- and half-day workshops.

Spokane poets Maya Jewell Zeller and Laura Read will present, “Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?”: Writing Long or Linked Poems, exploring long-form poetry. In his narrative lyric, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” T.S. Eliot sustains a singular voice through 140 lines and teaches us what it means to “disturb the universe.” In this workshop, Zeller and Read will begin by discussing successful examples of linked or long poems, then lead students through a series of generative exercises meant to stretch narrative, lyric, meditative, and dramatic elements to produce a series of pieces that could work together as one long text or in concert as linked poems. Zeller and Read will then suggest revision techniques that will enhance language for sound and image, and assist each student in forming a cohesive project. Expect a variety of reading/writing/revising/sharing rhythms, and a spirit of collaborative play.

Read excerpts of a National Poetry Month interview with Maya and Laura in the WOTS Blog. Information about the poets can be found on the WOTS Presenters page.

Conference (and workshop) registration is available only online: www.writeonthesound.com and the early registration discount ends August 30. Enrollment for pre-conference workshops is limited.

There will also be an after hours poetry reading at the Edmonds Library on Friday, October 2, at 6:30pm, featuring Maya Jewell Zeller and Laura Read.

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