WDtS Egleston: A Poem for the Occasion: Writing Poems for Special Days
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As part of GrubStreet's Write Down the Street community program, writers based near the Egleston or Mattapan Branches of the Boston Public Library can take this drop-in class.
“Occasional Poetry is the highest kind.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Poets have been marking special days with specially composed poems since Ancient Greece. Occasional poetry includes wedding songs, funeral dirges, and presidential inauguration poems, among others. We’ll read and discuss some standout examples of the form before completing a brainstorming exercise and each writing a poem that commemorates a meaningful moment (past, present, or future) in our lives. Students will have the opportunity to share their pieces and receive on the spot feedback.
Who Should Register?
Write Down the Street has a special focus on making the creative writing workshop more accessible to those who face challenges due to cost, language skills, lack of access to transportation, and other barriers. We believe that all voices must be spotlighted with the range and fullness they deserve.
These programs are offered tuition-free thanks to the support of generous donors who are committed to our mission of ensuring all voices are heard.
About GrubStreet Remote Classes
GrubStreet will be hosting all of our classes remotely from now through the end of the summer. We’ve decided as a staff that the best thing we can do for our community is to follow the advice of public health experts, and participate in the social distancing that’s recommended to help slow the spread of disease. 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! You’ll receive an email from your instructor on the day your class is scheduled 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: