If you’re wanting to take your poetry or creativity to a new level (or, maybe just to any level), T. S. Poetry has a terrific opportunity for you. Anne M. Doe Overstreet will be leading a 12-week or 8-week online poetry workshop beginning February 18.
The workshop will explore the following:
1. Every week, you’ll explore an aspect of what we call our landscape or environment and write about it in a concrete way. Some weeks you’ll be challenged to be particularly attentive to what your senses provide in terms of information about what surrounds you—color and scent, for example. Another week you’ll find creative means of mapping your neighborhood
2. Throughout, you’ll collect facts and observations and pile up free-writes about particulars
3. Each week, prompts will offer a means for revving the engine. You’ll develop fragments and observations to build on. How far and how deep you wish to go with each exercise is up to you. Our emphasis will be on generating material, with follow-up homework/exercises that provide an opportunity to draft a longer piece or to creatively explore other possibilities based on the lesson
4. Some time will be spent on strengthening poetry-writing through the practice of revision (a key element for any poet hoping to become published), and we’ll come together online to learn from each other’s work, by considering what is working
Anne M. Doe Overstreet is the author of Delicate Machinery Suspended: Poems. She has facilitated a writing critique group for thirteen years, been a Pushcart Prize nominee twice, and taught poetry workshops at numerous conferences and retreats including at Laity Lodge and Seattle Pacific University. She is an Associate editor at DMQ Review and the owner/editor at Spine-Line Editing.