This intensive, interactive workshop will combine craft classes with generative prompts, in-class writing, and workshopping. Our goal will be to leave our time together with four new drafts, one of which will be workshopped, and four poems written prior to the festival being brought to the table. Day 1: Four Ways Poets Can Use Sound to Make Meaning; Assignment: Sound Poem, Workshop. Day 2: Syntax and Diction. Assignment: Syntax Poem, Workshop. Day 3: The Line, the Stanza, the Page. Assignment:, Kinesology Poem, Workshop. Day 4: The Magic of Metaphor, Assignment: Metaphor Poem, Workshop. Day 5: Nuts and Bolts. Workshop and Discussion of Revision, Publication, and What Comes Next. Workshop draft of poem generated from a class writing prompt.
BETH ANN FENNELLY, Poet Laureate of Mississippi, teaches poetry and nonfiction writing at the University of Mississippi. Her first book of poetry, Open House, won the 2001 Kenyon Review Prize and the Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award, and was a Book Sense Top Ten Poetry Pick. It was reissued by W.W. Norton in 2009. Her second poetry collection, Tender Hooks, and her third, Unmentionables, were published by W.W. Norton in 2004 and 2008. She also published a book of nonfiction, Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother (Norton), in 2006. The Tilted World, the novel she wrote with her husband, Tom Franklin, was published by Morrow in the fall of 2013. Her current book, Micro-Memoirs, was published in October 2017.View poet's page