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Poetry: Getting Unstuck (workshop)

January 25, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EST


Writer’s Block: Is there such a thing? William Stafford’s solution was to ignore “high standards” and “get into action.” Expecting every piece of writing to say it all creates pressure. Exercising your writing muscles every day, however, can help prepare you for the moment when the big piece needs to be lifted into life.

In this class, we’ll explore ways to keep moving through the doldrums, including journaling, art, music, news, supermarket chatter, or just fooling around. Criticism—especially from the worst critic of all, the self—will be banished in a kind but firm manner. We’ll spend a little time trying out some tricks to get unstuck, produce a piece of writing, and go home with strategies for breaking the block.

Recommended Bibliography:
Stafford, William. A Way of Writing. Writing the Australian Crawl. Poets on Poetry. U Michigan, Ann Arbor. 1998.
Also online: Stafford, William. A Way of Writing. Stafford’s “A Way of Writing”, University of Arkansas: Little Rock, https://ualr.edu/rmburns/rb/staffort.html

See link to Writers & Books below to register.

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January 25, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm EST
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Writers & Books
740 University Ave.
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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