Facing Your Fear of Poetry
with Sarah Tolmie
Poems put people off. They are considered precious. Students often dread writing poems because they fear they missed some set of mysterious rules that determine success or failure. This workshop will introduce writers and teachers of poetry to interactive exercises—the weirder, the better—that can help people get over their fear of poetry. Come prepared to move around and consider alternate ways of generating poetic material. Poetry is what occurs after something happens.
Early Bird $20 • Online $22 • At the Door $25
SARAH TOLMIE is a medievalist trained at the University of Toronto and Cambridge and is associate professor of English at the University of Waterloo. Her poetry collection, The Art of Dying (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018) was shortlisted for the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize and her 120-sonnet sequence Trio (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015) was shortlisted for the 2016 Pat Lowther Memorial Award. She has also published a chapbook, Sonnet in a Blue Dress and Other Poems (Baseline Press, 2014), two novels with Aqueduct Press, The Little Animals (2019) and The Stone Boatmen (2014), as well as two short fiction collections, Two Travelers (2016) and NoFood (2014).