Leader: Dorothy Baumwoll
Description: "Eyes are the windows of the soul." And, according to Wormser and Cappella, "Poetry is essentially the soul's search for its release in language" (Teaching the Art of Poetry). This course offers the opportunity to explore the creative process through writing poetry. To initiate creativity, published poems will be read and discussed. Writing activities that stimulate access to a writer's unique reservoir of life experience will be suggested. Participants will engage in all phases of creating poems - prewriting, drafting, revising. Sharing work through "workshopping" in small groups will occupy most of class time. Criteria for workshopping effective poems will be offered by the course leader. Out-of-class reading and writing will be required to facilitate in-class work. The goal for course participants is to create some finished poems to present to the class at large in a Poetry Reading during the final session.
To quote from Teaching the Art of Poetry again: "The soul is the depth of our being and poetry is one means of sounding that depth." How to plumb that depth is not as mystical as it sounds. Creating poems involves both spiritual and practical aspects, both art and craft. The dual process of searching the soul and seeking the best language to express what it harbors is the ultimate concern of this course.
Biography: Dorothy Baumwoll taught creative writing in the Bucknell English Department for 15 years. She has published poems in several literary magazines, including Bucknell's West Branch, for which she also reviewed books of poetry. Her hypothesis regarding the creative process is that we all harbor poems, and in the working environment of a creative writing course we can harvest them.
Materials for course: Required text: The Mind's Eye: A Guide to Writing Poetry by Kevin Clark, published by Pearson Longman, 2007. Handouts will be provided.
Number of participants:
Location: East Buffalo Township Bldg, Community Hall
Meeting time: Tuesdays, February 25 through April 1, 2014, 1 - 3 p.m.
(Note: Each class is two hours long.)
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