FALL 2018 POETRY CLASSES

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POETRY I | ONLINE POETRY

6-Week Poetry I: Poetry for Beginners

Class Begins Monday, October 22, 2018

Have you always wanted to write poetry, but never found the time to give it a try? Or perhaps you aren’t sure where to start, or are nervous to share what you’ve already written? If so, this class is for you! In this jam-packed, six-week course, we’ll read poetry from historic time periods as well as the present moment in order to trace the evolution of the genre and see what’s most popular now. We will also consult selected chapters from Kenneth Koch’s Making Your Own Days, which will guide our weekly discussions of topics ranging from poetic forms and traditions to descriptive techniques and revision strategies.

Each week, we will talk about the assigned readings, participate in writing exercises, and—most importantly—discuss each other’s work. Students will have two opportunities to have their work critiqued (up to 2 poems each time), and they will receive feedback from the instructor as well as their classmates. In addition to providing written feedback, students will also be expected to adhere to respectful and open-minded workshopping standards.

Note: Students are required to purchase The Best of the Best American Poetry: 25th Anniversary Edition, edited by Robert Pinsky and David Lehman and Making Your Own Days, by Kenneth Koch.

Instructor Mag Gabbert holds a PhD in creative writing from Texas Tech University and an MFA in creative writing from UC Riverside. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, 32 Poems, Stirring, Carve Magazine, Sugar House Review and The Nervous Breakdown, among other places. She currently teaches creative writing for the Graduate Department of Liberal Studies at Southern Methodist University and serves as an editor for Iron Horse Literary Review.

Fee: $395 for new students; $370 for returning students.

  • Mag Gabbert, Instructor

  • Enrollment limit: 8 students

  • Meets Mondays 6:30PM to 8:30PM / October 22, 2018 to November 26, 2018

  • Class meets at The Drawing Board at 75 & Campbell: 1900 Jay Ell Dr / Richardson, TX / 75081

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

ONLINE 6-Week Advanced Poetry Writing

Class Begins Monday, October 22, 2018

What’s your aim? Revive your love of poetry? Assemble a poetry manuscript? Prepare for graduate school? Connect with a community of poets? Whatever your goal, I welcome you to six-weeks of poetic challenge, encouragement, and inspiration! Through a combination of principles of writing, psychology, poetics, and play, this course will help you to dispel writer’s block, develop figurative and sensory language, and drive, structure, revise, and publish your poems. Each session includes writing exercises, craft lectures, open discussions, and reading assignments. Topics we’ll tackle include the writing practice, associative leaps, deep-imagery, prosody and poetic forms, tension and juxtapositions, the poetic line break, diction, compression, deep revision, and ideas for poetic engagement beyond our class. “The poets? The poets lie too much.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Note: Students are required to purchase a copy The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry by Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux (W.W. Norton, 1997) .

Instructor Janée J. Baugher is the author of two ekphrastic poetry collections, Coördinates of Yes (Ahadada Books) and The Body’s Physics (Tebot Bach). Baugher’s books are collected in libraries around the world, including the British Library. She holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University, and her writing has been published (or forthcoming) in 100 journals, including Tin House, The Southern Review, The American Journal of Poetry, Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, Boulevard, Nano Fiction, and The Writer’s Chronicle. Her work has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, as well as Best of the Net. She’s taught at Northeastern University; University of Phoenix; Seattle Public Library; Port Townsend Writers’ Conference; Richard Hugo House; Interlochen Center for the Arts; University of Washington–Experimental College; and Eastern State Hospital, among other places. Her interdisciplinary collaborations include work with visual artists, composers, dancers, and choreographers. Her poems have been adapted for the stage and set to music at University of Cincinnati, Contemporary Dance Theatre (OH), Interlochen Center for the Arts, Dance Now! Ensemble (Florida), and University of North Carolina-Penbroke. As a spoken-word artist, Baugher has performed at arts festivals around Seattle, and in 2011 she presented her poetry at the Library of Congress. Currently Baugher is a Poetry Reader for Boulevard Magazine. http://JaneeJBaugher.wordpress.com.

Fee: $395 for new students; $370 for returning students.

  • Janée J. Baugher, Instructor

  • Enrollment limit: 8 students

  • September 26, 2018 to October 31, 2018

  • Course is fully ONLINE; students can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.