University of Iowa

Five New Poems: A Generative Workshop for All Levels

Weekend July 20 to July 21 2019

A two-day immersion in the act of generating poetry, in the presence of a veteran poet known for generously sharing her practice. We’ll look at the many ways poems can arrive, and how we can cultivate our receptivity to them. We will learn ways to broaden our range of subjects and styles, ways to write the poem that eludes us, how to handle emotionally challenging material, and how to write without an agenda (giving rise to poems we never expected). The goal is to get first drafts of 5 new poems by the end of the weekend, which will be reached, or exceeded, with surprising ease.

In this workshop we will generate new writing through guided exercises and prompts.