Jennifer K Dick
Course Description: “Which is skin, which flesh, which skeleton–form, content– is impossible to discern: They’re part of one body of motion.” So contends Marilyn Hacker in her article, “A Few Cranky Paragraphs on Form and Content.” As she notes, often contemporary poets fail to fully explore the extent to which various forms can enhance and enliven their message. This course will test out the possibilities of form, from the bases of Hackeresque meters in English poetry in sonnets remaining loyal to the use of iambic pentameter to Troubadour forms such as the sestina as explored across the twentieth century to the ways form can be understood as loosely as visual placement of words on the page, in the line or in a prose poem paragraph. The attention will be on the progression of line to stanza to poem, from the point of writing to final revision, thus the outside of the body, that skin, to the inside, and how form stitches itself into the marrow, the deepest bone of what desires to be expressed in a poem. It is never what a poem says that makes it unforgettable, but how: and this week we will hone and sharpen our work via reading, writing and revision. This workshop should leave you with some tools you can build on when you return home.
As the PWW page announces:
"... the 28th edition of the Paris Writers’ Workshop (PWW), the longest-established English-language creative writing program in France. PWW 2016 will be held 26 June – 1 July. PWW is a special program of WICE, an anglophone organization in Paris promoting continuing education.
This year we have the distinct honor of conducting our classes at UNESCO Headquarters, in the heart of Paris. Auxiliary events will be held at a variety of historic Paris locations.
The workshop will open with a mandatory registration reception on Sunday, 26 June. On Monday morning, 27 June, our intensive master classes will begin.Choose from four master classes taught by distinguished authors:
- Writing Novels led by Ayana Mathis
- Writing Short Stories and Novellas led by Nahid Rachlin
- Writing Poetry led by Jennifer K Dick
- Writing Creative Nonfiction led by Michelle Huneven
In addition to the morning master classes, the workshop will also include an expert panel, author readings and social events. We invite you to be a part of our international community. Come hone your writing skills with guidance from accomplished instructors. Surround yourself with other writers who are working to elevate their craft. Immerse yourself in Paris, the city that has inspired authors and creative minds for generations."Click here to register for Paris Writers’ Workshop 2016.