Writing From the Body: A Poetry Workshop - Remote!

Monday-Friday from 10:00am to 1:00pm (EST), starting on June 22nd
Remote! (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: Introductory
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

Poetry has deep roots in the physical, evolving from chants, work songs, incantations and prayers. We'll write from how our bodies experience the world instead of how our brains process it, using breathing and energy-balancing techniques to enhance daily writing using the forms above, as well as question and how-to poems, praise songs, and direct address, all connected to verbs in our lives (breathing, walking out, flying, dancing.) Mentors who offer us strong models include Joy Harjo, Ocean Vuong, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, and Kaveh Akbar. Expect to leave with a minimum of five authentic new poems and five promising drafts.

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:

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.


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