Reversing Spells, Secrets Spilled, and The Line’s Surprise
CSU San Bernadino Professor of English
Here is a fabulous interactive workshop for you to explore and hone your poetry writing skills.
As suggested by the term “verse,” the spirit of poetry dwells in the unexpected twist, in the startling turn, in the ordinary made fresh, in all the surprise that arises when we see our world with new eyes.
Julie Paegle directs the M.F.A. in Creative Writing at California State University San Bernardino, where she is Professor of English. Paegle has served on numerous editorial and review boards, including for the PEN WEST fellowship. Paegle holds two bachelors’ degrees (in Environmental Earth Science and in English), and two terminal degrees (an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature). She has served as a Poet in the Schools and teaching Alaskan indigenous tribes in Upward Bound.
Great way for members to polish their entries for the PSWG Poetry Contest!
Starting the workshop, Paegle will discuss and provide handouts with some of contemporary poetry's most exciting ideas about how poetry twists and turns thought its lines, including poetics from James Longenbach's The Art of the Poetic Line and Dean Young's The Art of Recklessness.
Additional workshop topics & exercises:
- Review of the fundamental structural unit of verse poetry: the poetic line.
- Exploration of different approaches to lineation (from haiku, to sonnet, to free-verse) and to poetic composition (from collaborative poems to individual craft).
- Writing exercises including drafting and sharing several poems of astonishment, of amazement, of secrets revealed and self shared.
- Enjoy different modes of poetic composition, from group poetry, to anonymously paired poems in which we swap secrets (real and invented) to drafts of our own poetry.
- Be invited to share their poems with the group at large.
- Take-home skill set series of prompts for further poetic exploration
Regardless of whether participants go on to publish or submit their work into contests, this workshop will get you in touch with your inner poet, and with your wells of inspiration and feeling. It will also help you with your writing as a way to focus your attention on all the surprise and freshness in the world we so often overlook in our daily lives.
This workshop is is designed for practiced poets and folks afraid of poetry in mind. So, whether you are looking to expand your existing poetry practice or unsure whether you even "fit" with poetry, this workshop has something for you.
“Paegle is incredibly knowledgeable…she has insight into the craft of poetry that is beyond measure.”
“Paegle is consistently warm and encouraging, while maintaining a high level of intellectuality and rigor.”
“I can’t even begin to tell you how impressed I am with her as a workshop leader. She manages her time very well. She gives clear-cut, exacting explanations...I am a person who never thought they could write poems. She managed to do just that: teach me!”
“Paegle is brilliant, compassionate, wise, kind, and an irreplaceable treasure…the best of the best.”
Payment & Registration Details
- Members: $30.00
- Non-Members: $45.00
- Pre-Payment Registration is required to confirm your seat.
- Sorry! No door sales.
- Online payment is available and is immediate.
- Water & light snack included.
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- Payment by check: PSWG, P.O. BOX 947, Rancho Mirage, CA 92247. Include contact information and Workshop Title on all checks. Checks may take 7-14 days to process.
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- Cancellation Policy requires a 72-hour prior notice for full refund less credit card fees.
Contact person for this workshop:
Ed Lopatin, VP PSWG Programs
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More about Julie Paegle:
Julie Paegle is the author of two books of poetry, Torch Song Tango Choir and Twelve Clocks (University of Arizona Press). She has published in dozens of journals and anthologies, including The Giant Book of Poetry, Poetry Daily, Love Rise Up: Poems of Social Resistance, No Place for a Puritan: Literature of California’s Deserts, Alpinist, Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Cincinnati Review, The Southern Review, and elsewhere.
Julie Paegle's work has been recognized in the International Latino Book Awards (Best Poetry in English); in Poets & Writers (for one of the best debut poetry collections of 2010); and won recognition in the Utah Book Awards and the Utah Arts Council awards.