Meter Crash Course

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Improve your ear for meter, and fine-tune your understanding of how meter works in poetry. Have you ever wondered how scanning the lines of your first draft can make for a better poem? Do you know why listening for the natural rhythms of speech can strengthen your writing? Guided by an internationally published author of sonnets, villanelles, and other metrical poems, this one-day workshop includes scansion of well-known poems, writing exercises, and, if you like, close examination of a poem you’ve drafted prior to class. You’ll leave with new insights about improving the auditory qualities of all your poems and prose.

About Claudia Gary

Claudia Gary is author of Humor Me (2006) and chapbooks including Genetic Revisionism (2019). Internationally published, she is a three-time finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. Claudia's poems have recently appeared in American Arts Quarterly, Amsterdam Quarterly, Antiphon, Chronicles, First Things, Light, Loch Raven Review, Mezzo Cammin, Poet Lore, The Rotary Dial, String Poet and Trinacria. Her articles on health appear in The VVA Veteran, VFW Magazine and elsewhere. Her work is anthologized in "Villanelles" (2012) and “Love Affairs at the Villa Nelle” (2018). More about her at: pw.org/content/claudia_gary, and on twitter @claudiagary.

Teaching Style: Claudia loves to see students have fun discovering something they never knew they could do. She starts with a close reading of good poems, then alternates among writing, reading, exercises, and so on, to keep the class session dynamic. There will be light but important homework assignments.

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