This Sunday, we’ll have our final Summer Intensive:
THE SLOW POEM: WRITING WITH ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD
AUGUST 23, 9:30 – 2:00
We all have pieces we know we want to write, but they hover near-completion for years, requiring some unpredictable process we must go through in ourselves, or a shift in our wider context, before the piece finds its form. In this workshop, we’ll entertain the proposition that some writing actually takes the time it takes, rather than conforming neatly to our imagined schedule of perfection. We will experiment with dismantling all the self-critique that attends pieces we’ve been writing forever, and see what happens when we bring these elusive pieces into a more neutral regard. Finishing something can be a terrifying prospect, but sometimes all that is necessary is for there to be a sense of witness and kindred company. We’ll cultivate a stable and responsive circle of listening in which you can find camaraderie and perspective in your writing process. We’ll engage in writing exercises and learn some practices for moving through resistance and finding entry points. Each person will have the option to share their work with the group and receive informal feedback. The workshop is open to writers in any genre.