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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 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.”
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.
- Saturday, February 22, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Saturday, February 29, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Saturday, March 07, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Saturday, March 14, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Saturday, March 21, 10:30am-1:00pm