Love. Loss. Transformation. These themes are so integral to the human experience that writers have returned to them again and again for centuries. But how can we write anything new about growing up, falling in love, breaking up, or losing a parent/child/lover/friend?
“To me, making something new means making it personal,” says instructor Erin Rodoni. “Often the best way to give a piece of writing universal appeal is to make it as specific as possible. So we need to become great observers of our own experiences of love, our private journeys through loss, growth, and change. We need to bring our devastating details, our kinks and quirks, our breathtaking intimacies, to the page.”
In this online workshop we’ll explore a different theme each week. Our reading and discussion of poems, short stories, and personal essays will serve as a prompt for us to create new work, both inside and outside of class, centered around each week’s theme. We will then come together to share and gently workshop these new pieces as a group.
“I want students to come away from this class with five new pieces of writing that make each big theme new and personal for them,” says Erin. “I also hope they come away with a better understanding of how writers use detail and specificity to make a big theme feel new and personal for their readers too.”
About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes
Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon is running all classes in a remote learning format. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 recently won the 2020 Southern Indiana Review Michael Waters Poetry Prize and is forthcoming 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, October 24, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, October 31, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, November 07, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, November 14, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, November 21, 10:30am-1:00pm
Erin's class was so interesting and her prompts really are useful in crafting interesting work. The workshops were terrific and Erin's feedback was very helpful in improving the work.
I loved the way Erin structured this class: weekly themes, thoughtful compilations of reading material and prompts, and weekly workshop reviews. Erin's teaching style was a good fit. She was knowledgeable, provided useful insights, and prepared well for class.