Filling the Page

Prose for Poets [Online Workshop]

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 online workshop is designed for poets working on projects that fill the page, whether creative nonfiction pieces, flash or short fiction, prose poems or hybrid work. We’ll look at work by poets who teeter on the brink of prose (Anne Carson, Jennifer Denrow, Nick Flynn, Robert Hass, Maggie Nelson and Claudia Rankine) and the instructor will provide exercises that highlight the particular strengths that poets bring to prose (imagery, sound, juxtaposition, feeling), while also practicing more “prosaic” skills such as point-of-view, pacing and plot. Using the Wet Ink workshopping platform, students will have the opportunity to present their work-in-progress and receive feedback from the instructor and their classmates. This online workshop is perfect for students who want to work around their own schedules, in any time zone!

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Working at the intersection of literature and activism, Leigh Stein is the author of three books and the cofounder and executive director of Out of the Binders, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to advancing the careers of women and gender nonconforming writers. Her début novel The Fallback Plan made the “highbrow brilliant” quadrant of New York Magazine‘s Approval Matrix, and her poetry collection Dispatch from the Future was selected for Publishers Weekly’s Best Summer Books of 2012 list and the Rumpus Poetry Book Club. Land of Enchantment, her memoir about young love, obsession, abuse and loss, is just out from Plume. For her advocacy work, she has been called a “leading feminist” by the Washington Post and was honored as a “woman of influence” by New York Business Journal.