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“In this class, rather than learning how one makes a poem,” says instructor Erin Rodoni, “we will approach craft by asking ‘How do I make this poem?’ Over the course of three weeks, we will follow the process of poem-making from first spark to fully formed vision.”
In the first class, we will discuss how we choose what goes into a poem. Writing exercises will help us find and vivify the most resonant sources for our poems such as our memories, observations, and experiences. In the second class, we will think about how we shape our poems and do exercises to strengthen our understanding of lines and stanzas, as well as the possibilities of form. In our final class, we will try our hand at revision, practicing useful and concrete strategies. At the same time, we will begin to define our own goals for our poems, whether we’re sharing the poem with a friend or aspiring to publish. In each class, there will be various opportunities to share work for light feedback and guidance.
Erin says, “Though there is no right way to make a poem, I hope by the end of this class you will have a real sense of how to make craft choices that are right for you and your poems. Writers of all levels and backgrounds are welcome.”
About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes
You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at email@example.com.
Erin Rodoni is the author of two poetry collections: Body, in Good Light (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2017) and A Landscape for Loss (NFSPS Press, 2017), winner of the Stevens Award sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Her third poetry collection won the 2020 Southern Indiana Review Michael Waters Poetry Prize and was published in fall 2021. Her poems, stories, and reviews have been published in such places as Best New Poets, Poetry Northwest, World Literature Today, and Sixfold, among others. She has been the recipient of an AWP Intro Journals Award, a Ninth Letter Literary Award, and the 2017 Montreal International Poetry Prize. When not writing, she enjoys travel and spending time outdoors with her daughters.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, September 17, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, September 24, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, October 01, 10:30am-1:00pm
Erin's supportive, attuned, and caring spirit paired with her dreamy creativity and intelligence created a space where I felt I could really step into my own creativity.
Erin was a thoughtful, generous, knowledgeable teacher who made sure everyone in class was respected.