This workshop is intended for people who want to jumpstart their poetry practice and to keep the engine oiled. You'll do plenty of writing and reading, and have lively discussions about both the craft and the process of poetry.
The weekly homework assignments (workshopped the following week) are designed to provide fresh angles of approach that can suprise, even startle, both the writer and his/her readers. "We all get stuck in ruts," Julie says, "and the class offers ways of digging ourselves out, whether we use these strategies to simply get started at writing or to revise a particularly challenging poem."
The class is suitable for a wide spectrum of people. "We've had students with an interest in poetry but no experience writing it, and others with MFA's from Iowa, and it's always been a good mix,” says Julie. "The focus of the class is generative--to get everybody going and excited about doing new work, to take away strategies that can help with their current and future writing--and to have a great time while we're at it."
Julie Bruck is the author of three books of poetry from Canada’s Brick Books, Monkey Ranch (2012), The End of Travel (1999), and The Woman Downstairs (1993). Her work has appeared in such magazines as Ms, Ploughshares, and The New Yorker, and her awards include two Gold Canadian National Magazine Awards, and the 2012 Governor General’s Award for poetry (the Canadian equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize). She has taught at several Canadian universities, and was a resident faculty member at The Robert Frost Place. She has an MFA from Warren Wilson, and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and the Canada Council. A former Montrealer, she has lived in San Francisco since 1997.
- Thursday, September 21, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Thursday, September 28, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Thursday, October 5, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Thursday, October 19, 7:00pm-9:30pm
- Thursday, October 26, 7:00pm-9:30pm
I recently finished Julie Bruck’s workshop, and just wanted to drop you a note to say what I know many others have said before me: that she’s fantastic! She’s able to give meaningful feedback to poets of every aesthetic and all backgrounds (post-MFA to first poetry workshop) and she’s upbeat, focused, kind, and encourages a lot of fun. I’ve taken many workshops, and I work as a creative writing teacher for high school students, and I was impressed every week by Julie’s unflagging energy and committed thoughtfulness. She’s a gem! I know why she has return students who have worked with her for years!
After writing poetry for years in college and then letting the craft go dormant for a few years, Julie’s class reawakened the poet in me like never before. Julie is passionate, insightful, and practical, and relates to students like friends. I was really able to internalize what I learned in this class and get to a much deeper level with my work and my voice as a poet. This class has been a very significant event in my writing career.