Filling the Page

Prose for Poets

Sarah Manguso has said, “I’ve never wanted to make up stories, so before I could fill a page I was called a poet, and after I could fill a page I was called an essayist.” This five-week, asynchronous online workshop is designed for poets working on creative nonfiction, fiction or hybrid projects that fill the page. We’ll read work by Amy Hempel, Chelsea Hodson, Carmen Maria Machado, Claudia Rankine, Mary Ruefle and James Tate, searching for territory that prose writers share with poets (repetition, juxtaposition, imagery, sound), while also practicing the skills needed to hold a reader’s attention in longer, sustained pieces. Generative prompts will be provided weekly via Wet Ink for students to practice developing their prose writing in a supportive space. In addition to that ongoing practice, each student will have the opportunity to submit one complete prose piece (or multiple shorter pieces, up to 2500 words total) for written feedback from the instructor and other students.

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Leigh Stein is a writer interested in what the internet is doing to our identities, relationships and politics. Her critically acclaimed satirical novel Self Care was released in June 2020. She’s also the author of The Fallback Plan, a novel; Dispatch from the Future, a collection of poetry; and Land of Enchantment, a memoir. From 2014 to 2017, she ran a secret Facebook group of 40,000 women writers, in her role as cofounder and executive director of Out of the Binders/BinderCon, a feminist nonprofit organization. She’s been called a “leading feminist” by the Washington Post and “poet laureate of the Bachelor” by the Cut. Her fifth book, What to Miss When, a collection of poetry written during the Coronavirus pandemic, is forthcoming from Soft Skull Press in August 2021.