Dream, Animal, Ghost, Dance: A Poetry Workshop (virtual) with Anne Simpson

How do certain words shape us? What alternate realities do they allow us to inhabit? Each week, we will investigate one of these words—dream, animal, ghost, or dance—consider a poem by another writer who takes this word as inspiration, and experiment with a new form that comes out of paying close attention to this word. Could a call-and-response form give your poem more power? Could you write a poem as series of postcards to someone no longer living? We will revel in the ways a poem can mean new things according to the form in which you choose to write it. This will be a playful four-week workshop, full of discoveries about what poetry can do.

About the instructor: Anne Simpson’s third novel, Speechless, won the 2021 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. She has also published five books of poetry—most recently, Strange Attractor—and two book of essays, Experiments in Distant Influence and The Marram Grass: Poetry and Otherness. Her work of mentoring other writers has taken her to libraries and universities across the country. She lives on an estuary in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, sharing space with ravens, herons, and bald eagles.

Recommended experience level: Emerging and established writers

Location: Zoom

Dates of 4-week workshop: Mondays, Jan 17 + Jan 24 + Jan 31 + Feb 7, 2022 (7:00pm to 9:00pm Atlantic)

Price: At this time, registration for this workshop is restricted to current WFNS members. However, membership is open to all who write or have an interest in writing. (Find out how to join or renew.)

Member Price: $149

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