“You Should Write About That"

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Sandra Beasley
January 23 to January 27, 2017
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1-Week Intensive

We are writers, but not just writers. We bring different areas of expertise to the table—whether a profession, another creative passion, travel, or the experience of parenting a sick child. Have you ever had someone say “You should write about that,” and not known where to begin? This one-week intensive course unlocks that material.

We'll begin with a one-on-one email consultation that identifies your core area of outside expertise; we’ll identify any concerns and troubleshoot. Each day’s work includes a generative exercise designed to move you from prosaic understanding to poetic phrasing. You can opt to work in the mode of poetry or flash nonfiction. We’ll focus on building a vocabulary for the reader, conceiving figurative language, and using form to enact content. We will read inspiring work from poets and memoirists who deploy their outside realms of knowledge on the page. You can create new drafts, or revise old ones, depending on what works best for you. Our culminating exchange will include editorial feedback on two to three poems or up to 1,800 words of nonfiction, and the option of a phone or video / Skype conference.

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Sandra Beasley is the author of Count the Waves; I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize. She is also the author of Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a memoir and cultural history of food allergy. Honors include a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize; distinguished writer residencies at Cornell College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and the University of Mississippi; two DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowships; and the Maureen Egen Exchange Award from Poets & Writers. Her prose has appeared in such venues as the New York Times, The Washington Post and The Oxford American. She lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches as part of the University of Tampa’s low-residency MFA program.