Due to unforseen circumstances, Katherine Soniat has had to cancel her Great Smokies Writing Program class this semester. In its place, we are offering another poetry workshop led by Teleia Tollison (same location, dates, and time). The course description is below.
Stepping Outside the Box: A Poetry Workshop
Stepping Outside the Box is a poetry course designed for the beginning writer, but can be enjoyed by the more experienced poet. Each week a specific skill will be discussed and illustrated through examples by published poets. We will focus on the American Sentence, subjects, and verbs and will discuss how to develop a “word hoard,” as the Old English poets called it, while looking at Ezra Pound, Ted Kooser, and other poets who have written short, one-sentence poems. The class will progress from one sentence to longer poems. Each week will feature at least one technique illustrated with the work of recognized poets. The assignments will apply the technique used in class discussion. We will practice articulating what we like in published work and transition to what is successful in our own poetry. Week 10 will be a final workshop on a newly written poem or one that has been revised by students. Students will complete the class with at least nine developed poems. There will also be a brief conversation about writing groups, professional organizations, and other opportunities for growth as a poet. In addition to many examples of published poetry, we will be relying on three texts: Kim Addonizio’s The Poet’s Companion and Ordinary Genius and Ted Kooser’s The Poetry Home Repair Manual.
Teleia Tollison is a teacher with over 25 years of experience teaching English and creative writing. She has taught in a wide variety of settings, including Tarrant County Community College and Davidson County Community College. She is currently the Gilbert-Chapel Student Poet and has been published in a number of publications including What the Fiction and The Great Smokies Review. She lives in Spruce Pine.
Class will meet Tuesday afternoons, 3:30-6:00pm at the Mountain Heritage Center, 113 Green Mountain Dr., Burnsville. 10-week class – starts February 18.