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A GENERATIVE WORKSHOP FOR POETS
Fyodor Dostoevsky once wrote, “But how could you live and have no story to tell?” Stories serve so many functions in our lives: they are how we connect with those we love, how we build ethos in our careers, how we communicate our identities to society, and how we celebrate the memory of those who have passed. Harnessing the power of a good story, we can relay where we were when disaster struck as well as share the joy of good fortune. As writers, we are sensitively tuned to observe the world, which we mine for narrative gems as we move through our lives.
This generative workshop will sharpen our storytelling instincts through activities that experiment with a range of techniques. Participants will examine the structures and themes of published writing fueled by the narrative mode and then draft their own imitative responses. All experience levels are welcome. Everyone will leave with several drafts and ideas for future writing sessions. We look forward to your attendance!
About the instructor
LAUREN BERRY received an MFA from the University of Houston, where she won the Inprint Verlaine Prize, received the Inprint Mary Gibbs Jones and Jesse H. Jones Fellowship, and served as poetry editor for Gulf Coast. From 2009 to 2010 she held the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship at the Wisconsin Institute. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from magazines such as Agni, Silk Road, The Adroit Journal, and Iron Horse Literary Review. Terrance Hayes selected her first collection, The Lifting Dress (Penguin, 2011), for the National Poetry Series prize. She is currently in the process of finding a publisher for her second collection, The Rented Altar, and drafting her third collection, Discipline and Pulse. During the academic year, she teaches AP English Literature at YES Prep Public Schools, a charter school that provides college preparatory education to Houston’s most underserved communities.
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 2019 workshop schedule click here.
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