Imitation, Integration, Innovation: Learning From The Masters With Ellen Bass

“Imitation, conscious imitation, is one of the great methods, perhaps the method of learning to write,” said Theodore Roethke. In this workshop we’ll consider a variety of contemporary poems that demonstrate specific aspects of the craft. Then we’ll make our own poems that build upon the past to create something fresh. Each day we’ll study a particular element of the craft, write new poems, and share our work. Please bring to workshop one or two poems you admire that utilize strategies that intrigue you, and also a poem of your own that you want to revise. Expect to leave with work that’s more authentic, courageous, and consciously crafted than you’ve ever written before.