Many of us know what we mean when we talk about style or aesthetics in visual art: we can recognize a work of art as Abstract Expressionist, Impressionist, Realist, Surrealist, etc. But how does this sense of style translate to writing? What are some parallel movements in American poetry, and how can we think about poem-making through the lens of "style"? In this workshop, we'll try a variety of writing exercises inspired by various aesthetic movements on display at the Farnsworth, but rather than writing poems inspired by the works' content or appearance, we'll aim to make poems that echo the historical and theoretical motivations behind the schools of art.
This workshop will focus on generating new work--work which will be ground-breaking for us as writers--rather than on improving or polishing up existing poems; in other words, more time will be spent writing and reading than critiquing. Those who register for it need not be advanced poets, but should be open-minded and come ready to explore different techniques, and will ideally be okay with the fact that the poems we make may not look like the poems we are accustomed to making at all.
Instructor Arielle Greenberg is the author of two nationally published poetry collections and co-editor of three poetry anthologies and a MacDowell Colony fellow; her poems have been featured twice in the Best American Poetry series, among other anthologies and journals. She has a regular column on trends and topics in contemporary poetry in the American Poetry Review. A former Associate Professor in the graduate and undergraduate poetry programs at Columbia College Chicago, she now lives in Belfast, Maine and offers one-on-one writing tutorials and teaches writing workshops out of her home and in the University of Tampa's low-residency MFA program.
Level: beginner to advanced writers
Materials: notebook, folder for handouts, writing implements
Class size: limited to 12 students
Cost: $72 members, $90 nonmembers