CROSS-DRESSING FOR POETRY:
From Poetry to Prose and Back Again
Are you a fiction writer or essayist afraid to don the mantle of poetry? A poet who aches to try the creative essay form? Baffled by how to get started? Intimidated by form and free verse alike? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, this weekend course is for you. Slipping into the wardrobe of poetics, you will learn to play again—with words. As we examine the correspondences between these two genres, we will also discover how writing poetry can deepen our prose writing—and vice versa. Using work of established writers as guides, we will write pieces that sing, dance, and dress for surprise. Both novice and experienced writers welcome.
Christine Hemp’s poetry collection “That Fall” was just selected for the New Women’s Voices Series at Finishing Line Press, and she recently received the Paula Jones Gardiner Award for Poetry at Floating Bridge Press. Hemp’s poems and essays have been aired on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. Her commentary about sending a poem of hers into space on a NASA rocket won her a First Place Northwest Society of Professional Journalism Award. Her other awards include a Harvard University Conway Award for Teaching Writing, a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship for Literature, and an Iowa Review Award for Literary Nonfiction. She teaches creative nonfiction and poetry at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival. And she writes, produces, and hosts a local KPTZ public radio program called “The Hempsonian Institute of Higher Yearning.” Visit her website at www.christinehemp.com.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY NOVEMBER 12-13
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day