Do you find yourself riding down a road that calls you to want to explore it-- its past or present? Do you remember a place that you have been urging to write about? Have you ever wanted to slow down just long enough to engage with others in a conversation about place and poetry?
If you're looking for a creative way to ground yourself in this constantly changing world, join me for this discussion.
In this 3-part series we will:
examine select poems that explore place and its symbolism
talk about what place means to us as writers and how we are inspired by it
be inspired to look at place more critically
Session 1: How do settings/places inspire poems? We will take time to orient ourselves in our virtual space and discuss a variety of poems and readings (you will receive ahead of time) that have to do with place. Why is writing about place important? What are the places (or ghosts of places) that are calling for your attention? Who are some poets that do this well? What can we learn about place as a form or inspiration and a topic for poems?
Session 2: How settings/places inspire the writer? We will look at essay and interview statements from writers and poets such as Naomi Shahib Nye who talk about place. And we will ask ourselves about our own space and places that give us inspiration. How might we be able to go there more often, if desired, even during this pandemic? What's the role of place for the poet's creative process? How can we better orient ourselves?
Session 3: How can we more critically observe and incorporate space in our creativity? In this final session we will continue the conversation as well as incorporate our own poetic voice by sharing what we've written and/or challenges we've experienced in writing about a place. We will come back to pieces we've read in our previous sessions and look ahead to how we will incorporate what was learned in our writing.
Though we won't use class time to "workshop" your poems, there will be opportunity to share what you've written electronically with each other and receive feedback from me.
Cost: $125 Includes
Poetry packet you will receive in advance
Inspiring live sessions facilitated by Jacinta, which will include a writing prompt for each week
Feedback by Jacinta on poetry crafted during this class
An opportunity to continue 1:1 sessions with Jacinta at a discount
You will walk away with
An introduction to new poets or revisit some you know, and their work
Poems you've written based on the prompts, along with critique from Jacinta
Inspiration and tips to continue your writing more grounded