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Writers Workshops

Poetry Online 2020-306

Course #2020-306
Wednesdays Starting October 7 6:30 pm–8:30 pm running 6 weeks
Cost: $240 Instructor: Leslie Contreras Schwartz

Please note that this is an online workshop conducted via Zoom. Participants will be provided information on how to join the online sessions.

While the pandemic has made daily life strange, warping what we deemed as ordinary into the bizarre, poets have long met the challenge of describing the uncanny and fantastic in the everyday. In this poetry workshop, we will examine the way contemporary poets use the power of imagery and metaphor to examine reality’s façade, and how they juxtapose the familiar with the mystifying in their examinations of pop-culture, virtual reality, war, and violence. As writers, we’ll be challenged to scratch beneath the surface of our own daily experiences, those that are personal as well as in our interactions with community and the social fabric. Through writing exercises, workshop, and study of poets Ai, Diane Seuss, Ilya Kaminsky, Natalie Diaz, Natalie Scenters-Zapico and Franny Choi, among others, we’ll craft creative responses to what lies beneath the superficial layers of our lives—revealing the nightmare, the absurd, the ecstatic.

About the instructor

LESLIE CONTRERAS SCHWARTZ is a native Houstonian, a poet and writer, and a mother of three young children. She is the Houston Poet Laureate, and her third collection of poems, Who Speaks for Us Here (Skull + Wind Press) was released in March 2020. Her work has recently appeared in Pleiades, Missouri Review, Iowa Review, and more. Her work as poet laureate focuses on highlighting the vibrant poetry within Houston communities and showcasing the work of people that make those communities thrive.

Please note that online workshops are nonrefundable. By registering for an Inprint Writers Workshop you are agreeing to Inprint’s registration policies. If this workshop is full when you try to register, please sign up on the waiting list here so you receive priority registration the next time this class is offered. For details and a schedule of all the current workshop offerings click here