Echo & Dance: A Poetry Workshop

Echo & Dance: A Poetry Workshop

Instructor: Nick Reading
Date: 4 Tuesday Sessions: June 16, 30; July 7, 21
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom (virtual workshop)*
Cost: $225 nonmembers, $153 members, $137 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members
*The cost of this class includes a $25 critiquing fee, to be remitted by IWC directly to the instructor, for work critiqued outside of class time.

"Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance."
                                                     -Carl Sandburg

While written in solitude, poetry exists for the people and off the page. We hope the collaborative nature of our gathering offers those poems a space to be heard. We will spend our meetings considering a variety of poets, styles, subject matter, and sharing our own poems modeled after the work we have discussed. The class aims to foster a familiarization with reading and responding to poetry as well as provide an opportunity for writers to share ideas and work in a productive and safe environment. After the conclusion of the class students are invited to submit a 3-5 page portfolio of work and receive feedback.

The first and third meetings will be spent discussing poems selected by the instructor. Our discussions will be focused around our Observations of the poem, and our Responses to the poem. Discussions are not meant to uncover any hidden meaning or secret code. They are meant to describe our experience with the poem. Revelations may very well follow!

At our second and fourth meetings participants will have the opportunity to workshop their own poems modeled after selections they find inspiring. In reading each other's work we should be more focused on our response to the poem rather than a critique of the poem. We will describe our observations so that the author has a sense of a reader's experience.

Quite simply, we are dedicating our meetings to the wonderful task of reading and writing like writers. This class also serves to foster one of the most important elements of the writing and reading life – community. We are the echo and we will dance.



**If you would benefit from taking a workshop, but are suffering financial burden due to current circumstances, please
email sarah@indianawriters.org.**

*We will send you the Zoom invitation two days before the class starts if the class is confirmed. Please email sarah@indianawriters.org if you have any questions.*




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