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Upcoming Courses

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Reclaiming the Body

Reclaiming the Body is a workshop dedicated to discussing and crafting poems dedicated and inspired by our relationships to our bodies. We’ll explore various performance based and poetic texts dedicated to empowering their audiences to reclaim their bodies. Whether writers have experienced illness, assault, loss and/or shifts within the body, this workshop is a reflective space to embark on a journey of self-discovery of the physical self. This workshop will consist of guided reflective writing exercises, readings with analysis on structure and form along with a space to share back work. Readings consist of authors such as Martin Espada, Sonia Sanchez, Morgan Parker, Natalie Diaz and Danez Smith.

 
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Writing as Resistance

Writing as Resistance is a workshop based on studying and writing poetry with a social justice lens. Inspired by Edwidge Danticat’s New Yorker article “Poetry in a Time of Protest” this course will consist partly of reading and analyzing text by writers with poetry aimed towards systematic change. The later half of the class will consist of a writing workshop based off prompts meant to broaden the entry point into writing with a social justice lens. The class will culminate in a reading and a discussion about publications that accept and encourage submissions from writers with a social justice focus. This class will consist of readings by Audre Lorde, Rita Dove, Gwendolyn Brooks, Terrance Hayes, Anna Akhmatova, and Hayan Charara.

 
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Writing As Resistance

* A concise version of a longer writing workshop

Writing As Resistance is a workshop based on studying and writing poetry with a social justice lens. Inspired by Edwidge Danticat’s New Yorker article “Poetry in a Time of Protest,” this course will consist partly of reading and analyzing text by writers with poetry aimed towards systematic change. The later half of the class will consist of a writing workshop based off of prompts meant to broaden the entry point into writing with a social justice lens. The class will culminate in a reading and a discussion about publications that accept and encourage submissions from writers with a social justice focus. This class will consist of readings by Audre Lorde, Rita Dove, Gwendolyn Brooks, Terrance Hayes, Anna Akhmatova, and Hayan Charara.

 

Self Publishing 101

Curious about self-publishing? Learn how to use readily available and affordable resources to publish work that you believe in. With new technological innovations, the ability to write, edit, publish, and promote your own work is just within arms’ reach. With all of the options available, it could feel daunting to think about embarking on the process – yet this course can help synthesize these options based on a variety of factors (cost, time, energy and etc.) Join a self-published author in discussing and outlining your projects so that you are prepared to take your first step towards self-publishing.

 
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The Successful Poetry Submission

Join a Poetry Submission Package crash course with an assistant poetry editor for the literary journal Redivider. Students should bring in three poems they've been working on to read aloud in class. The first half of the course will be a writing workshop, and the second half will be spent revising and discussing submission strategies for the poems. We will discuss where to send them, what order to include them in, how to craft a CV, and many more tips and tricks along the way. This course is for anyone new to submitting poetry and interested in learning about the process of submitting. We will also discuss what it means to work on the back-end of a publication. What do journals look for when submissions come in? What will help you stand out? This course will require students to bring in work ready to be workshopped, and students will create a submission plan during class. 


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Readings

The House Slam Featuring Tatiana M.R. Johnson

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