Calling ALL Writers to Poetry Workshops
Second Saturdays of the month 9:00 - 12:00
Second Saturday Poetry Workshops
October 12 – Larry Janowski
Larry Janowski's most recent book is BrotherKeeper (The Puddin'head Press 2007). He is a 2008 recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award and a contributor to A Writers' Congress: Chicago Poets on Barack Obama's Inauguration (DePaul Poetry Institute 2009). He also was the winner of the 2010 Best Original Poem award by the Catholic Press Association. His work appears frequently in After Hours a Journal of Chicago Poetry and Art and is in the current issue of Rhino. Larry is a Franciscan friar and teaches at Loyola University. He has immensely enjoyed leading Second Saturday Poetry workshops at the Northwest Cultural Council since 2006.
By any other name: What Shall You Call Your Newborn?
Michael Bugeja says, “the title is the first thing a reader sees . . . and the last thing that he or she remembers about a poem,” yet there is little written on this topic. We'll explore various types of titles, the question of “untitled” poetry, and how to make the title work for you. To prepare for the session, think about how you deal with them: Do titles come quickly? Not? Do you use a "working title"? What is your favorite/least favorite title?
November 9 - Sarah Carson
Sarah Carson was born and raised in Flint, Michigan but now lives in Chicago with her dog, Amos. She is the author of three chapbooks: Before Onstar (Etched Press, 2010), Twenty-Two (Finishing Line Press, 2011), and When You Leave (H_NGM_N, 2012). When she’s not writing poems, she has a full time job telling stories about how awesome the world can be when people care about each other. Sometimes she blogs at sarahamycarson.wordpress.com.
Why sit around talking about writing when we can just get to it?! This session will feature a number of idea-generating strategies for those days when there just seems to be nothing to write about. We’ll look at a variety of free-verse poetic forms and examples by the experts. And we’ll write, write, write. In addition to a poem to workshop, feel free to bring an example poem by one of your favorite poets for use in one of the exercises.
December 14 - Judith Valente and Charlie Reynard
Judith Valente is the author of the poetry collection "Discovering Moons" (Virtual Artists Collection/Chicago, 2009) and the Chapbook, "Inventing An Alphabet," selected by Mary Oliver for the 2005 Aldrich Poetry Prize. She is an on air correspondent for the national PBS-TV program, "Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly." She recently completed a memoir about her experiences as a regular visitor to a Benedictine monastery in Atchison, Kansas, due out next year.
Charles Reynard is the author of the Chapbook, "The Utility of Heartbreak" (Pike Staff Press, 2010). His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including AfterHours, I-70 Review and Legal Studies Forum. He is co-editor with his wife Judith Valente of "Twenty Poems to Nourish Your Soul," an award-winning anthology of poems and reflections on finding the sacred in the everyday. He serves as a Circuit Court judge in Bloomington, IL and is currently assigned to family court.
"Writing from the Soul"
How do we manage to write about the sacred and transcendent without sounding overtly religious? Many contemporary poets including Mary Oliver, Marie Howe, Billy Collins and Naomi Shihab Nye have done so successfully by grounding the sacred in the ordinary. We'll look at how poets make concrete the sacred and invite the sacred into ordinary aspects of daily life and then challenge ourselves to write about the moments, events or people in our lives who have led us to the transcendent.
Please bring 15 copies of your poem(s).
There will be ample time for individual critiques at each session.
Workshops take place at the Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine, IL 60067
To download a PDF registration form to attend workshops,
Responses to questionnaires indicated that participants want: short lectures; critiques of their poems; and short writing exercises so sessions will cover all three interests.