(Arlington) Villanelle Crash Course

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Improve your villanelle skills, or write your first one, guided by an internationally published author of villanelles, sonnets, and other metrical poems. We will first read classic and contemporary villanelles to see why they work. Next, the class will write a group villanelle, and then, with or without shortcuts, you’ll write one of your own. You’ll see how your new poem can be improved by revision, and leave with at least one new (draft) or improved villanelle, as well as insights about how writing poetry in form can unlock deeper meaning and enhance everything you write.

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.

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