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Speculative Poetry - Remote!

Saturday, October 16th, 10:30am-1:30pm (EST).
Remote! (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

Perhaps when we think of genres of poetry, we think of standard forms like the sonnet, limerick, or haiku. But the tropes of fantasy, science fiction, and horror genres can all appear in poetry, as well. From the Romantic poets like Christina Rossetti engaging with folk tales and myths to the nightmarish verses of Edgar Allen Poe and Algernon Blackwood, there is a long history of poetry with speculative elements. Since the establishment of the Rhysling Awards for speculative poetry in 1978, the tradition of speculative poetry has only grown more popular and diverse.

In this workshop, we will explore how to use elements of science fiction, horror, and fantasy in your poetry—word-building in microcosm. You will leave the workshop with a draft of one poem, and new ideas for creating new, compelling worlds in just a few words. 

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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Peter Medeiros
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