NYWC City Voices – Poetry & Short Prose

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REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW CLOSED.

TAKE A LOOK AT A FEW OTHER NYWC CITY VOICES WORKSHOPS HERE.

Use Everything! Poetry & Short Prose with Morgan Parker

Saturdays  /  2:00-4:00 p.m.   /   Fort Greene, Brooklyn   /   Beginning February 7

Spiderman. Beyoncé. MTV. Barack Obama. This course will inspire students to fold their personal and cultural here and now into their poetry and short prose. We’ll read modern and contemporary poetry by both emerging and iconic writers, we’ll watch YouTube clips, listen to iTunes, and read our text messages. This will be equal parts writing group and equal parts book club: we’ll both immerse ourselves in texts and vibrant conversation, and write and workshop furiously. We’ll write about what we like and what we hate, what keeps us awake at night, what makes us mad and what makes us laugh.

As we discover new, exciting texts and explore our personal influences, we will investigate what it means to read as a writer, and to write as an individual: to use our voices, interrogate our subjects, and start getting real. Classes will be split between craft/discussion sessions and workshops, with both environments being flexible, supportive, collective and inspiring.

Course texts will include works by Junot Diaz, Lucille Clifton, Miranda July, Frank O’Hara, Raymond Carver, Tracy K. Smith and Terrance Hayes. The course will also include visiting writers and discussions about editing, publication, readings, and the life of a professional writer. We’ll finish with a reading and celebration of our work!

Writers of all genres, experience levels, and backgrounds are welcome!

COURSE SCHEDULE

  • Week 1: Pop Culture, Personism, Poetry
  • Week 2: Epistolary Writing
  • Week 3: Character and Voice
  • Week 4: The real, The Unreal, and The Surreal
  • Week 5: Recycle & Reuse: Found Texts
  • Week 6: Hybrid Texts & Multimedia Texts
  • Week 7: Revision Discussion, Publishing Q&A
  • Week 8: Salon-Style Reading and Celebration!

REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW CLOSED.

TAKE A LOOK AT A FEW OTHER NYWC CITY VOICES WORKSHOPS HERE.

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ABOUT MORGAN PARKER

Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker is the author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books 2015), selected by Eileen Myles for the 2013 Gatewood Prize, and There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Coconut Books 2016). A Cave Canem fellow, graduate of NYU’s Creative Writing MFA program, and poetry editor for Coconut Magazine, Morgan lives in Brooklyn where she is Education Director at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA). She also contributes writing to the feminist blog Weird Sister. You can find her at www.morgan-parker.com.