Jumpstart Your Poetry Practice: How Poems Are Made with Elaine Sexton (March to April)

    Monday, March 15, 2021 at 6:30 PM until Monday, April 12, 2021 at 8:30 PMEastern Daylight Time

    Instructor: Elaine Sexton
    2 hour sessions on Mondays
    Five VIRTUAL workshop dates as follows:
    March 15 to April 12
    Workshop is limited to 15 registrants
    $470

    Everyone benefits by revisiting the basics, by reading the most striking new poems and the poems that informed them. We learn from trying out the scaffoldings great poems are built on. In this workshop we will take a fresh look at how poems are made, devices that are new, and others made fresh under informed review. In-class lessons and at-home writing exercises will be followed by constructive critiques aimed at building on the best lines in your drafts. You will leave this five-week workshop with the start of five new poems and at least as many practical strategies to use going forward. Weekly handouts include poems, prompts, and essays by poets on poetry prepared for you to read and try out between classes. If you are looking for guidance, encouragement, and community, this workshop offers these essential things. No matter how many poems we have written or published ­­–– when we sit down to write a new poem we are starting from scratch, each time better informed. Beginners are welcome! [Note: Enrollment in the earlier five-week workshop is not required for this class.]
     
    Elaine Sexton’s third collection of poetry is Prospect/Refuge (Sheep Meadow Press). A long-time member of the faculty at the Writing Institute, she has also taught workshops & seminars in poetry, the chapbook, bookmaking, and text & image at various writing and art programs in the U.S. and abroad, including New York University, City College, Poets House, and Arts Workshop International. An editor and micro-publisher, she is also a member of the National Book Critics Circle. elainesexton.org
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    Note: Details about Zoom links and any other information relevant to the workshop will be emailed to you the week before workshops begin. If you have questions about the registration process, please call us at 914-323-6170 or email writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given on one-day intensives, advanced classes, and yearlong classes where space is limited. 100% refund before 1st class, 50% refund after 1st class, no refunds after 2nd class for all other workshops. ALL cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing. Please contact writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu with questions or to submit a refund request.