Guilty Pleasures: Poems of Indulgence

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In this class, we’ll lean in to our guilty pleasures to write poems of sleeping late, binging bad tv, reading popcorn novels, and sneaking the last brownie at midnight. Each week, we’ll read poems by writers including Leah Umansky, Danez Smith, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Laura Foley, Marcus Wicker, Kevin Prufer, and Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, interspersed with short prose from Bored Panda, LitHub, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. From these readings, we’ll write new poems from a prompt linked to that week’s guilty pleasure theme. Every week will also include optional viewing/listening assignments in order to give you multiple ways of approaching the prompt. You’ll be encouraged to post your fresh drafts if you like for light criticism and positive peer feedback in the weekly forums. We’ll write 7-8 poems of our obsessions, turned “poetry research” to allow indulgence to enrich your writing, even after the class is over.

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 Sarah Ann Winn

Sarah Ann Winn’s Alma Almanac (Barrow Street, 2017), won the Barrow Street Book Prize. She’s the author of five chapbooks, most recently, Ever After the End Matter (Porkbelly, 2019). Her work has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Massachusetts Review, and Tupelo Quarterly, among others.

Teaching Style: Sarah's workshops are creativity labs which use readings to represent a variety of voices from our wonderfully diverse community of writers. She also frequently provides resources from other creative fields and items not normally considered "writerly" to inspire new work and new ways of thinking about the creative process. Feedback in Sarah's workshops focuses on the positive and the particular of what's working, especially in courses generating fresh drafts.


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