No poetry experience required. In this four-week mini-class, everyone will begin with new material generated from structured free-writing, and work towards a poem over the course of the month. Also, reading your work to an audience is rewarding, so an (optional) reading for free-writers and members of this class will be held by the Chilmark Library later in the fall.
In class one we will introduce ourselves, talk about the class and get a few free-writes (each one takes roughly 4 mins.) in at the end. In class two we will free-write for the whole class. At the end, all participants should have 7-10 free-writes. Over the course of the following week, they will choose one of those for us to workshop. In class three teacher Spencer Thurlow will lead a workshop of the free-writes. This is a great chance to learn how to convert raw material into poetry. At the end of this class all participants will have a free-write with suggested line breaks and other edits. In class four Mr. Thurlow will lead another workshop, this time of the edited poems from the prior week. By the end, participants should be well on their way to having a new poem ready for submission, readings and more.
Mr. Thurlow is the current Poet Laureate of West Tisbury, Massachusetts, USA, where he leads community readings, workshops and more. His poetry or translations have appeared in World Literature Today, Cincinnati Review, Comstock Review, Worcester Review and others. With Eric E. Hyett, Spencer co-translated “Sonic Peace,” by Japanese poet Kiriu Minashita, (Phoneme Media, 2017).
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Wednesday, September 23 at 10:30am to 11:30am
Chilmark Free Public Library
522 South Road, Chilmark, MA 02535