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Using Our Hands: Kinesthetic Poetry (Online)

4 weeks online; no live meetings. Class opens August 5th
Online (WetInk)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

As writers, we develop a Practice that works for us: we decide between writing drafts by hand or on a digital device, we identify our favorite pens or word processors, and we often return to the same environments where we find ourselves most productive, whether that be a coffee shop or the desk in the back corner of our homes. The purpose of this class is to break from that Practice in order to generate new work informed by activity and movement. Throughout the course, we will ask: how is the process of writing poetry informed by motion? How do I use movement to fine-tune the sensory details of my poetry? Each week, we will explore a different aspect of kinesthetic poetry, and explore readings to discover how kinesthesia unlocks a world of descriptive possibilities within poetry (authors may include Jericho Brown, Paige Lewis, Peter Balakian, Bianca Stone, Lucille Clifton, Porsha Olayiwola, and more). We’ll put what we learn into practice by doing exercises that focus on a particular type of physical activity or movement, followed by a writing prompt tied to that kinesthetic experience. You’ll also have the opportunity to share your work for feedback from your fellow writers several times throughout the course of the class.

You'll come away from this class with at least three working drafts and some new tools to incorporate into your poetic practice.

Please note that while our handy dandy "Schedule" tab states a 6-7pm class time, there are actually no live meetings for this class! Assignments and deadlines will be given by your instructor. Students will have access to the online class portal starting at 5pm on the first day of class. Instructions for logging onto the online portal will be emailed to registered students before 5pm the first day of class.

Scholarship Information

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Michael Schermerhorn
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  • "Diverse Reading Assignments"
  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


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  • Class Discussion
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  • Instructor Feedback
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