Apocalypse: How? Writing Endings (and Beginnings) - Remote!

Friday, October 29th, 10:30am-1:30pm (EST)
Remote! (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max
As forest fires rage out west, mega-storms batter coastal cities, and famines flare into wars, how do we write elegies for the only world we’ve known—and how do we sing a new world into being? How do we find a way into something so big, so unthinkable? How do we channel our climate grief into words, and how do we imagine what comes next? In this generator we will attempt to answer some of these questions for ourselves, using prompts to create short first drafts and share some with the class. We will read apocalyptic poetry by writers such as Robert Frost, Jamaal May, Brenda Shaughnessy, Imtiaz Dharker, and Joy Harjo, paying close attention to their craft choices and how they connect our time to a near or distant future. Poets should expect to leave with a first draft of a poem and ideas for more.
This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.

For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:

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