I will be leading three workshops in early 2011 at The Writer's Center. Two of the workshops will have poetry as their focus, while the third workshop will be "How2 Make a Living as a Copy Editor," which was a great success in October.
The Art of Revision (4 Tuesdays, Jan. 18-Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Poets often have folders full of poem drafts they’ve abandoned because, while they believe the draft has promise, they can’t seem to figure out how to move the draft in the right direction. In this workshop, we will explore ways to “rethink” stubborn drafts in order to breathe new life into them and ultimately – as Samuel Taylor Coleridge said – put “the best words in the best order.”
How2 Make a Living as a Copy Editor (Saturday, Feb. 12, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Whether you are drawn to the corporate world or a freelancer’s life, this workshop will cover what you need to know to pursue a career as a copy editor. You will learn how a copy editor differs from a proofreader, how to build experience now to make a career switch later, key tips every copy editor should know, and the steps you’ll need to take if you want to work on a freelance basis.
Expressing Yourself through Poetry (4 Wednesdays, March 2-23, 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
If you’ve considered writing poetry but don’t know the difference between blank verse and free verse, this class is for you. We will start with a discussion of rhyming and “form” poetry and build to an understanding of why “free verse” doesn’t just mean “no rules apply.” Exercises and in-class discussion will be aimed at helping beginners figure out how best to express themselves through poetry.