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

Claudia Gary is the author of Humor Me (2006) and several chapbooks including Genetic Revisionism (2019). Internationally published and anthologized, she is a three-time finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. Her poems have recently appeared in American Arts Quarterly, Amsterdam Quarterly, Antiphon, Chronicles, Light, Loch Raven Review, Mezzo Cammin, Poet Lore, The Rotary Dial, String Poet, and various anthologies including Villanelles (2012) and Love Affairs at the Villa Nelle (2018). She is also a health science writer for vvaveteran.org. In 2019 she chaired a Poetry and Science panel at the West Chester University (Pa.) Poetry Conference. See pw.org/content/claudia_gary, @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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