"What Can Poetry and Fiction Learn from Each Other?"
Just as there are stereotypes about poets and novelists, there are many pre-conceptions about poetry and fiction as separate and opposing forms, governed by different values and objectives. Fiction is seen as leading narrative and characterization, while poetry is perceived as a more effective vehicle for abstraction and the aesthetics of language. The reality is that each of these forms can learn a great deal from each other. In this workshop, we will be examining how the structures and devices of one form can help the other generate stronger work and provide a framework for editing.
We will look at how the characterization and logistics of fiction can sharpen the purpose of your poems. We will see how poetry can calibrate the voice and language of your fiction, and act as a catalyst for experimentation. We will study the works of great writers who have blurred the lines between forms, then put techniques into practice with writing exercises.
10am-12pm Morning Workshop
12-12:30pm Announcements and Readings
12:30-2pm Bring your own picnic lunch to share
2-4:30pm Mini-Master Class (see separate Registration form)
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Payments can be made online via the GWG website, or in cash on the day