Sep 13 2022
Echo & Dance: A Poetry Workshop

Echo & Dance: A Poetry Workshop

Presented by Indiana Writers Center at Indiana Writers Center

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.”
-Carl Sandburg

While written in solitude, poetry exists for the people and off the page. We hope the collaborative nature of our gathering offers those poems a space to be heard. We will spend our meetings considering a variety of poets, styles, subject matter, and sharing our own poems modeled after the work we have discussed. The class aims to foster a familiarization with reading and responding to poetry as well as provide an opportunity for writers to share ideas and work in a productive and safe environment. After the conclusion of the class students are invited to submit a 3-5 page portfolio of work and receive feedback.

The first meeting will be spent discussing texts selected by the instructor (suggestions welcome!). Our discussions will be focused on our Observations of the poem, and our Responses to the poem. Discussions are not meant to uncover any hidden meaning or secret code. They are meant to describe our experience with the poem. Writing prompts will be provided using the selections as inspirational models for our own writing.

At our second meeting participants will have the opportunity to workshop their own poems modeled after texts they find inspiring. In reading each other’s work we should be more focused on our response to the poem rather than a critique of the poem. We will describe our observations so that the author has a sense of a reader’s experience.

Quite simply, we are dedicating our meetings to the wonderful task of reading and writing like writers. This class also serves to foster one of the most important elements of the writing and reading life – community. We are the echo and we will dance.

*The cost of this class includes a $25 critiquing fee, to be remitted by IWC directly to the instructor, for work critiqued outside of class time.

Dates & Times

2022/09/13 - 2022/09/13

Location Info

Indiana Writers Center

1125 Brookside Avenue, Suite B25, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Parking Info

Parking is located behind the Indiana Art Center in Broad Ripple. The Indiana Writers Center is in the smaller building behind the IAC, not the main building.

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