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You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.
“The power of language, of the voice, is not to be underestimated,” says instructor Thea Matthews. “In order to generate the change we hope to see in our world, the time is now more than ever to remember and know our own individual power, as well as our collective power. How can you use creative writing to affirm your own power, and in turn the resiliency of our humanity?”
In this 5-week class, participants will generate new work, or continue preexisting literary projects, that reflect personal and collective power and resiliency. Thea says, “We will turn to authors, from poet Etel Adnan to poet and novelist Maya Angelou, who have shown us what it means to be in power and to be resilient. We will explore literary tools and strategies used in various genres of poetry, fiction, and lyric essay, as well as movement/verbal hybrids. From generative discussions, there will be prompts issued, and we will have an opportunity to workshop our writing in a safe and encouraging environment.”
This course is great for beginners as well as seasoned writers. “At the end of the five weeks,” says Thea, “there will be a virtual reading to celebrate our time together.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thea Matthews is a poet, author, and educator originally from San Francisco, California. She holds an MFA in poetry from New York University; and her work has appeared in Southern Indiana Review, Interim, Aster(ix) Journal, Tahoma Literary Review, The New Republic, and others. Her first book Unearth [The Flowers] (Red Light Lit Press, 2020) was listed as part of Kirkus Reviews’s Best Indie Poetry of 2020. She lives in Brooklyn.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, May 07, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, May 14, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, May 21, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, June 04, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, June 11, 2:00pm-4:30pm
Thea is an excellent teacher, full of enthusiasm for the subject and an expert in her craft as a poet. She created a safe space and always gave excellent feedback and encouragement.
Thea's ability to create an open, trusting, engaged community in Zoomland was amazing! Her reading selections, prompts, and literary technical guidance was excellent.