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Writers Workshops

POETRY 2017-311

Course #2017-311
Tuesdays Starting September 5 6:00 pm–9:00 pm running 10 weeks
Cost: $395 Instructor: Elizabeth Lyons
This workshop is full


Inprint House
1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States
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We’ve all fallen in love with a poem. But what happens after we read a favorite new poem? How do we move from inspiration to writing our own poem?

During each class, we’ll read contemporary poems, discuss what makes a poem “work,” and then write new work inspired by these examples. Some of the poets we will study are: Tracy K. Smith, Ocean Vuong, Solmaz Sharif, Natalie Diaz, and Richard Siken.

A large portion of each class will be devoted to  using the  writer’s workshop model in order to give and receive feedback from our peers on our new work. Each week, we’ll focus on learning more about a specific craft element (image, narrative, voice, etc.) in poetry. For instance, after reading odes as a class, perhaps you’ll write an ode to a favorite honky-tonk or breakfast cereal!

By the workshop’s end, each student will have an expanded sense of how poems are made, how to approach a new draft, and how to make use of new revision techniques.

About the instructor

ELIZABETH LYONS is the author of The Blessing of Dark Water (Alice James Books, 2017). Her poems have appeared in Tin House, Indiana Review, and elsewhere. She holds a BA from the College of Charleston, an MFA from Purdue University, and a PhD from the UH Creative Writing Program, where she was a nonfiction editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. She was an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellow, and has received fellowships and prizes from the Academy of American Poets, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the I-Park Foundation, and others.

By registering for an Inprint Writers Workshop you are agreeing to Inprint’s registration policies. Remember to sign up for the waiting list if the workshop you would like to take is full. To see the full Fall 2017 workshop schedule click here.