Thursday online

December 2, 2020

Tomorrow, Thursday, December 3, 2020, Edmonds Center for the Arts (Edmonds, WA) presents the first-ever WE SPEAK Festival, a virtual, evening-length celebration of spoken word poetry and storytelling. Featuring critically-acclaimed artists Jericho Brown, Andrea Gibson, Kealoha, Shane Koyczan, and Robin Sanders, alongside talented local youth chosen through a juried selection process, WE SPEAK seeks to embody the complex themes and concerns of the year 2020.

Admission is “Pay What You Can $5-$45” and the festival will be available for playback by ticket holders for four days after the live program.

Additional details in My Edmonds News.

conference season

September 17, 2020

With festival season moved online, it’s little wonder that conference season follows suit. While you may not be within hugging distance of fellow attendees, the schedule of events is still robust and a virtual conference offers plenty to hear, see, and do.

Here’s a link to Write on the Sound, normally held in Edmonds, Washington, this year held online, Thursday, October 1, through Sunday, October 4, 2020.

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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