Madwomen in the Attic Creative Writing Workshops

Spring 2019
12 weekly classes, $175/workshop
Carlow University, 3333 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213
Patricia Dobler Writing Center, Aquinas Hall


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The Spring 2019 Madwomen in the Attic workshops are open for registration! All workshops are open to beginning to advanced writers. Space is limited to 12 writers per group. This fall, we're offering the following workshops:

Poetry: Jan Beatty
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., January 15 - April 9, 2019 (no class on March 5)

This class will focus on workshopping your poetry, based on the idea that reading your work aloud and responding to the work of others is integrally tied to the development of writing. We'll talk about how to find your voice, how to hear and honor your own internal dreams and visions, how to value your own work and put yourself first. The skills of listening to critique and offering comments that are specific and based on craft will be emphasized.

Poetry: Tess Barry
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., January 16 - April 10, 2019 (no class on March 6)

This class will center on workshopping individual poems with a particular focus on the poetic line and the role of line breaks in the poet's craft. We will explore the line as a poetic device and how it works to inform authority of voice, stabilize or destabilize language, and support content. We will examine our own poems to understand how line impacts other poetic elements (such as sound) and how these elements work to create and shape meaning. This workshop is suitable for poets writing at all levels. We will read one collection of poetry by a contemporary woman writer.

Poetry Special Topics: Joy Katz
Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., January 17 - April 11, 2019 (no class on March 7)

This workshop welcomes poets open to generating new work using play and playfulness. We will explore somatic poetry this semester. Soma is Greek for "body." Quoting poet CA Conrad, somatic poetry is about being present in the present, in the body. Somatic poets use playful rituals involving sound, color, or objects, even food, as a way in to writing poems. Somatic prompts are especially useful for writing about place or about traumatic experiences. We will read work by Bhanu Kapil, CA Conrad, Brenda Ijima, and others. No previous knowledge of or experience with somatic poetry is necessary. There will be in-class writing adventures and weekly prompts.

Poetry: Nancy Krygowski
Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., January 17 - April 11, 2019 (no class on March 7)

In this class, you'll have the opportunity to read and discuss three books by contemporary women poets and write poems in response to the books. We'll read closely to explore how these writers use a poet's tools-metaphor, rhyme and rhythm, line and stanza breaks-for different effects. We'll do short in-class writing to experiment with craft and content, and I'll provide poem prompts inspired by our reading to help you stretch and flex your poetic muscles.

Poetry: Michelle Stoner
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., January 15 - April 9, 2019 (no class on March 5)

This workshop will explore how regular practice, in both writing and reading, impacts a writer's engagement with poetry. The class aims to heighten that level of engagement for participants, no matter their experience or skill. Sessions will dedicate time to reading poems that we admire, with the majority of class spent workshopping each other's poems by providing thoughtful critique, grounded in discussions of craft, and creating a space for exploration, experimentation, and uncovering.

Poetry: Jan Beatty
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., January 15 - April 9, 2019 (no class on March 5)

This class will focus on workshopping your poetry, based on the idea that reading your work aloud and responding to the work of others is integrally tied to the development of writing. We'll talk about how to find your voice, how to hear and honor your own internal dreams and visions, how to value your own work and put yourself first. The skills of listening to critique and offering comments that are specific and based on craft will be emphasized.

Poetry: Sarah Williams-Devereux
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., January 16 - April 10, 2019 (no class on March 6)

This workshop focuses on nourishing and sustaining your creative practice. During each session, you'll write in response to prompts chosen to help your unique voice flourish in deep, exciting, courageous ways. You'll receive meaningful, positive feedback from your fellow writers as they affirm what is strong and powerful in your writing. We'll also explore the poetry of women of color such as Sandra Cisneros, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, and Elizabeth Alexander. By the end of the workshop, you'll have 12+ new pieces of writing to develop as you wish.

Fiction: Keely Bowers
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., January 16 - April 10, 2019 (no class on March 6)
Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., January 17 - April 11, 2019 (no class on March 7)

Fiction writers all are welcome to join us in navigating the geography of the story, from the quick stop of flash fiction to the extended, many-layered journey of the long story or novel. While exploring such areas of craft as character, voice, conflict, and movement, you're invited to search for new paths through old drafts as well as discover the unfamiliar and uncharted in stories you haven't written-stories that you might stumble upon without warning on your way to work or somewhere else, as well as stories that have followed you, hoping you'll someday have time to listen. We'll offer each other generous and constructive feedback and a supportive community of writers with a love of language and storytelling.

Literary Nonfiction: Nancy Kirkwood
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., January 16 - April 10, 2019 (no class on March 6)

We welcome writing in the areas of memoir, travel, and narrative journalism. The majority of our time is dedicated to participants' writing. Each week we will discuss three to four pieces of writing that are 1500 words or less. These can be stand alone pieces or consecutive pieces from a larger work.There will be several short readings on craft and the genre of nonfiction. The expectation for each participant is that through writing, discussion, and readings you will leave our workshop a stronger writer.

Literary Nonfiction: Jane McCafferty
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., January 15 - April 9, 2019 (no class on March 5)

This class will ask you to write memoir and essays, usually from prompts I'll offer. We'll read examples of other nonfiction writers as inspiration to keep developing our knowledge of craft. Each week, we'll get to review 3-5 short pieces (of up to 1,000 words) to allow for each member of our class to have their work reviewed four or more times during the term. Class is run as a discussion between a developing community. Each writer will produce a draft every week, whether your work will be reviewed or not. This is an attempt to get you writing every day, and gives you a chance to experiment with a variety of subjects and forms. You'll emerge from the term with many drafts, and some revisions.

 

For more info, contact 412.578.6346 or sewilliams412@carlow.edu