Empathy, entering into the lives of others, to better understand their humanity (complicated as it often is) and to expand our own sensibilities, is a why so many of us write. In this class, participants will draw from the tales and anecdotes of others as prompts into poems. Stories passed down from family, stories from friends, co-workers, second and third-hand stories, stories from strangers we may never hear from again, stories from dreams, from characters part or wholly imagined, stories from others that interweave with our own. Of course, stories are the stuff of fiction and non-fiction, but they are also provide inspiration for poets. How can the story be best shaped into a poem? In this generative class, we'll look at models of story-inspired poems (by William Carlos Williams, Lucille Clifton, Langston Hughes, Naomi Shihab Nye, James Wright, and others) to explore poetic techniques, such as capturing a 'character's' voice, visual texture (setting), what to include, what to leave out, with the goal of --as the stories inspired you-- inspiring others (starting with class participants).
Details: From Oral Stories to Written Poems meets Mondays February 5, February 12, February 19, February 26, March 4, March 11, and March 18 from 6:30-8:30pm remotely online via Zoom.
Prerequisites: Any emerging level fiction/nonfiction/poetry writing course.
Format: Generative writing workshop
Location: This class takes place remotely online via Zoom.
Size: Limited to 12 participants (including scholarships).
Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by December 11.
Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Philip Terman’s most recent collections of poems are This Crazy Devotion (Broadstone)and Our Portion: New and Selected Poems (Autumn House), and a co-translation (with the Syrian writer Saleh Razzouk), Tango Below a Narrow Ceiling: The Poems of Riad Saleh Hussein (Bitter Oleander).