A five-day immersion in the act of generating poetry. We’ll look at the many ways poems can arrive, and how we can cultivate our receptivity to them. We will learn techniques for broadening our range of subjects, and mindfully expanding our range of style and voice; how to write the poem that eludes us, how to handle emotionally challenging material; how to write without an agenda—giving rise to poems we never expected. We’ll take a good hard look at the myths and realities of regular practice, writer’s block, and “inspiration.” We’ll explore structure that frees vs. structure that traps, and the right questions to ask while writing. This class is for experienced poets tired of their habitual patterns, newer poets hungry to develop their craft, and anyone interested in generating a large quantity of new work.
Diana Goetsch is the author of three full-length collections of poems—most recently Nameless Boy (Orchises Press, 2015)—and four prizewinning chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review, and Best American Poetry. Her essays and nonfiction pieces have appeared in Utne Reader, Fourth Genre, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. From 2015-16 she wrote “Life in Transition,” a weekly column at The American Scholar online. Among her honors are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Donald Murray Prize for writing pedagogy, and a Pushcart Prize.