If Not, Winter & Float: A Writing Workshop

If Not, Winter Float
A Writing Workshop with Hoa Nguyen
Jan. 20 to April 14 | 
Cyberspace, Toronto

In this workshop, we will read and write through alternating works: If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho translated by Anne Carson and Float by Carson. You can expect to generate many poems.

How else to write poetry? Read poetry.

We spend the first hour reading poems (voiced aloud) and another hour toward writing. The writing portion takes the form of starting points & prompts drawn from the poems as well as those of my own design.

Weekly written materials include introductory and contextualizing commentary, supplemental essays or interviews, and inventive writing prompts.

Workshops for virtual students culminate with a one-to-one 25-minute consultation with me. For Toronto poets, it concludes with in-class reviews of mini-manuscripts as a community of poets.

All students receive weekly written materials and a podcast recording. An optional Google video call feature can additionally connect distant participants.

More Details on the Workshop
This workshop has been called “legendary”. Both in-person and virtual students find this weekly engagement generates poems, provides insight on revisions of older work, and gives new understanding to poetics.

Attendance occurs in cyberspace or Toronto: weekly written materials include supplemental essays, images, sound files, links, and the like.

History of the Workshop, Cost and How to Join
I have led poetry workshops like this one for 20 years. See this interview with me on the poetry of and workshop on Fred Wah here for Poetry Foundation See this link for an essay on the workshop as part of the Bagley Wright Lecture Series.

Cost for this 10 session series is a reasonable $190 USD/CAD equivalent. Email Hoa at hn2626@gmail.com for Toronto registration.

Limitless cyber-seats. Tuition guarantees your seat for distance participation.

I will gladly send samples and answer questions: write to hn2626@gmail.com

*No workshop Feb. 10, March 31.

Required texts:
If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho
translated by Anne Carson

by Anne Carson


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