Join the Georgia Writers Association on Saturday, May 18th for the Red Clay Writers Conference. This all day event will be held in Kennesaw State University’s Social Science Building and will feature different workshops on different genres such as fiction, nonfiction, poetry, mystery and thriller, teen fiction, and a workshop on book publishing and marketing. There will be three poetry workshops hosted by Amy Pence, Jessica Lindberg, and Sandra Meek.
Amy Pence’s workshop, Ekphrasis and Poetry: Facing Art; Facing Being, will be held from 10:15 to 11:15. After a group discussion on Ekphrastic poetry, Pence will lead participants in a poetry workshop that uses artwork as a jumping off point. Attendees will also quickly change registers to find their own meanings in the image. What personal stories are embedded in the image? What happens when we isolate the image to look at its universal meanings? Pence has authored titles including Armor, Amour, The Decadent Lovely, and Skin’s Dark Night. A professor of English at DeVry University in Atlanta, she has also published works that have been included in New American Writing, The Oxford American, The Antioch Review, and Quarterly West.
From 3:15 until 4:15, Jessica Lindberg will be conducting her workshop, Establishing a Poetry Community. The solitary process of sending out countless poems and receiving form rejections can reinforce the stereotype of poets as solitary, bitter artists. As writers who love the art of poetry, how can we stay active and involved in the world of poetry when we grow weary of the publishing grind? Join Lindberg, an English Lecturer at Georgia Highlands College who holds an M.F.A in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English, both from Georgia State University, as she shares her experiences establishing a place for poetry in her classroom and her community of Rome, Georgia.
Sandra Meek will be conducting her workshop, Never Empty: How Reading Poetry Can End Writer's Block and Guide Revision, from 11:30 until 12:30. This workshop will focus on how close reading of admired poems can serve both to trigger new writing and to help you get "unstuck" in the revision process. The session will include discussion and brief, illustrative writing exercises. While not necessary, attendees who have a poem-draft they feel is "stuck" may bring that to work with. Meek is the author of four books of poems, Road Scatter, Biogeography, winner of the Dorset Prize, Burn, and Nomadic Foundations, as well as a chapbook, The Circumference of Arrival. She is also the editor of an anthology, Deep Travel: Contemporary American Poets Abroad, which was awarded a 2008 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal. She has twice been awarded Georgia Author of the Year, in 2006 for Burn, and in 2003 for Nomadic Foundations, which also was awarded the Peace Corps Writers Award in Poetry. Meek also teaches English, Rhetoric, and Writing at Berry College.
Writers of all genres will benefit from the variety of workshops at Red Clay. Click here to see the full schedule. Register now for the Red Clay Writers Conference and enjoy reduced pricing! Don’t miss this invaluable opportunity to gain the tools needed to improve your craft from these talented speakers!
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 June 2013 21:13