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Session Titles and Descriptions
Session Block 1-- 9:30am-10:30am
Creative Writing in the HS Classroom: From "Extra" to "Essential"
Leaders: Amanda Cordes and Tara Deleon
During this workshop especially designed for future teachers, two current high school English teachers will share their solutions, ideas, and works-in-progress with the group. As a group, we will discuss major issues that come up in the classroom when combated with serious curriculum restraints, work through some lesson plans and exercises together, and leave the session with real, applicable ideas for you to bring back to your own classroom. We will shout nonsensical profanity at a moment's notice and most likely leave you dumbfounded with the genius of our craft. But seriously. Be there if you believe in fighting for the essential skills that creative writing teaches!
Sound in Bilingual Poetry
Leader: Holms Troelstrup
In this workshop we will discuss the value and importance of sound in poetry through an examination of bilingual texts and performances. We will then complete an exercise in homophonic translation a few different times with a single poem. This exercise will force us to work within the sound of the poem's language to create meaning and new fragments of sense. Further we will explore the impact of utilizing more than one language in our writing and begin to understand how the very basic element of sound is framing our writing.
Session Block 2-- 10:30am-11:30am
Leader: Cheryl Ball
This session will briefly discuss a history of electronic literature, including examples from a variety of online sources, and talk about how and why to write e-literary pieces. Q&A will be generous, and question-specific examples and responses will be provided.
1000 Journals Project: The IWU Edition
Leader: Natalie Lalagos
Modeling the "1000 Journals Project", 15 blank Journals were released on Wesleyan's campus as a creative project. Students and community members wrote and drew in the journals whatever they thought fit the various themes (lost love, inner child, humor, etc.). In this session we will examine the project that inspired the Wesleyan guerilla art effort, and work within the very journals themselves.
Writing What You Don't Know
Leader: Joanne Diaz
Too often, poets and writers rely on what they already know to craft new poems, but sometimes the most exciting work comes from investigating what's mysterious, new, and strange. In this workshop, we will discuss how some published poets have integrated research into their creative work, then write our own poems inspired by research. Writers at all levels are welcome to attend this session.
Session Block 3-- 1pm-2pm
What is Language / Ready To Wear?: Poetry and/as Fashion
Leader: Steve Halle
Description: From the runways of reality TV fashion shows to the faux-kitchens of cooking competitions, from the spectacle of douchebags and tools to the electracy of social networking sites, the zeitgeist is obsessed with whatever is fashionable and how engaging fashion reflects subjectivity. A glance at contemporary poetry, including visual poetry (VisPo), the Gurlesque, and Flarf/Conceptual poetics proves that fashion and style matter just as much to poets. These practices, of course, offend, scandalize, and provoke readers, poets, and critics who believe poetry is one of the last bastions of all that is sacred, good, beautiful, and lasting. In this workshop, we will perform writing exercises and learn various techniques that cultivate a lowbrow poetry of the moment and help us break free from our writing patterns and routines.
Spitting the Hotfire: Performance Poetry and Performative Poetry.
Leader: Robbie Q. Telfer
Despite accusations of not being "real" poetry coming from more conservative poetic camps, and despite many performance poets feeling they're TOO REAL, the nascent spoken word poetry movement seems to be here to stay. Experiencing steady growth since the slam competition concept started in 1980s Chicago, the primary impetus for rating poems against each other was to force poets to care about the live audiences that came to see them, or lose. However, effective poetry does not need a live audience to exist, and a successful performance poet does not need to know how to read, but page and stage poetics have much to gain from each other. This session will hope to sift out some useful lessons from the posturing BS.
Keynote-led Technical Workshops
Technical Workshop led by Mary Jo Bang
Mary Jo Bang will teach a session specifically targeted at the “young-er” writers in the audience. This session aims to talk to writers about how to find and explore ideas for creation in the face of classroom requirements, project guidelines, and contest submissions. In other words, Mary Jo Bang will give writers a new perspective on how to engage material to continue creating for themselves and how to continue pushing their work to the next level.
Technical Workshop led by Pinckney Benedict
Pinckney Benedict will conduct a workshop on literary adaptation to film, a topic with which Pinckney is fascinated and has experience. The session will also spend time on dialogue, monologues, and extra-long speeches, which he loves, both in fiction and in film. It will be some lecture but mostly discussion, with an in-class exercise or two.