Very Superstitious: Our Writing’s on the Wall

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In this class we’ll write lucky charms, invent horoscope poems, we’ll divine lines from Tarot readings, and take inspiration from weather lore. We’ll retell and reinvent old wives tales. Each week we’ll read 1-2 source texts by Anne Sexton, Linda Pastan, Carol Ann Duffy, Timothy Liu, Anne Carson, and Lisa Marie Basile, paired with a brief example text from the folklore focus for the week. From these readings, we’ll write new poems born out of a prompt linked to that week’s topic. Every week will also include optional viewing/listening assignments to provide multiple entry points into inspiration. You’ll be encouraged to post your fresh drafts if you like for light criticism and positive peer feedback in the weekly forums. By the end of class you’ll have 7-8 fresh drafts and a number of fun ways you can use superstitions for inspiration.

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.


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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