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Recklessness and Revision in Poetry with Chris Banks
introduced by Tristanne Connolly
In this master’s class workshop, Chris Banks will be talking about the twin forces of recklessness and revision, how they pull in opposite directions, and how to silence one’s inner editor so a poem can move in surprising, unexpected ways. With examples and sharp insights pulled from contemporary poetry, Banks will lead workshop participants through a variety of exercises meant to help them “unleash” their writing potential.
Wreckage, Remix, and Recycling: Writing New Poems from the Rubble of the Old with Paul Vermeersch
This masterclass will concentrate on several forms, both ancient and modern, that scavenge and recombine existing texts in order to construct new poems from the fragments of the past. These forms include centos, erasures, glosas, text collages, and more. We will investigate the history of these practices, and examine their contemporary resurgence. Time will also be devoted to writing and work-shopping new poems using these techniques. Participants are asked to bring along three or four favourite books of poetry (of any genre or vintage) as well as some unfinished poems of their own. Introduced by Chris Banks
Young Creators Masterclass with Erin Bow. For 13- to 17-year-olds.
Some details will win your readers’ hearts forever—and some will make them skim and sigh impatiently. Which ones are which, and how do you know? Award-winning author Erin Bow will walk you through it, using lots of examples from current teen books.