Poetry, Memory, and Childhood

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Working with childhood memories can be both intense as well as emotionally rewarding. In this workshop, participants will dive into their most powerful memories and learn how to translate them into a polished, musical poem. In addition to engaging in exercises designed to awaken vivid memories, this workshop will also center around how to craft an ear-pleasing line of poetry and cover some of the basics of meter and form. Participants will learn not only by writing their own poems but by studying the work of poets such as Theodore Roethke, Sylvia Plath, Sharon Olds, Robert Frost, Joy Harjo and others. No experience is necessary.

NO SET MEETING TIME: This workshop will take place over Moodle, which is an asynchronous forum based platform. The instructor will post a lesson and assignment every Monday, and participants have all week to log in and read the lessons/post assignments/comment on other classmates’ work. Shortly before the start date participants will recieve an email with login info. Please check your spam if you don’t see it.

About Jodie Hollander

Jodie Hollander, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was raised in a family of classical musicians. She studied poetry in England, and her poems have appeared in journals such as The Poetry Review, The Yale Review, PN Review, The Dark Horse, The New Criterion, The Rialto, Verse Daily, The Best Australian Poems of 2011, and The Best Australian Poems of 2015. Her debut full-length collection, My Dark Horses, is published with Liverpool University Press (Pavilion Poetry) in the UK and Oxford University Press in the US.

Teaching Style: Jodie likes to foster an honest and nurturing environment where students feel safe to take risks and strike out of their comfort zone.


15 seats available
Workshopnon-member price
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