Monday - Thursday 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT August 9 to August 19, 2021
Online via Zoom
The reference or gesture towards the past is increasingly becoming more daunting. History happens in a millisecond; and perhaps the complexity of placing oneself in the ongoing disarray of time, out of the many events simultaneously happening, is one of the greatest and most difficult conditions of being. David Shields, via Ralph Waldo Emerson, in Reality Hunger, writes “there is properly no history, only autobiography.” Essentially, this argues that our documentation, writing, of the past is a reflection of our indulgence in our personal frame of reference to the past. So often, as writers, we position ourselves as agitators, heresiarchs, conspirators, and proselytizers when we write about history because we are always enjambing our own perspective and subjectivity into the fold of the narrative we present.
In this workshop, the aim is to explore how the writing of Documentary Poetry is about being in conversation with history as an act of engaging with the various possibilities tethered to historical events and people. In a sense, we are constructing lingering narratives the archives simply do not, and cannot offer us. In turn, what we will do with our own writing and citing of the past is create a meta-archive. An archive that reflects upon itself in what is and isn’t stored. By primarily looking at the docu-poetry books Macnolia by A. Van Jordan and Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis alongside other secondary texts, we are going to create our own historical recordings as an interplay between creativity and what we presume to be facts.
Designed for young writers, ages 13-18.
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Cheswayo Mphanza was born in Lusaka, Zambia and raised in Chicago, Illinois. His work has been featured in the New England Review, the Paris Review, Hampden-Sydney Review, Lolwe, Birdfeast, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Hurston/Wright Foundation, Callaloo, Cave Canem, and Columbia University. A finalist for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize, a recipient of the 2017 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers, and winner of the 2020 Boston Review Annual Poetry Contest, his debut collection The Rinehart Frames (University of Nebraska Press), is the winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. He earned his MFA from Rutgers-Newark.
About this series
Summer Workshops for Young Writers
Part of The Center for Fiction's KidsWrite programming, our Summer Workshops for Young Writers offer online courses in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction to ages 9-12 and 13-18. The workshops are led by highly qualified writers and educators with many years of classroom teaching experience. Participants will grow as writers in a fun and engaging environment and have the opportunity to share and perform their work online, leaving their workshops with a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment.
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Poetry and Translation with Erín Moure$395
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Creative Nonfiction with Porochista Khakpour (Sold Out)$150
Friday - Sunday 2:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT April 23 to April 25, 2021
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Two Characters Walk into a Bar: A Point of View Workshop with Kelli Jo Ford$125
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Closer to the Truth: Translating Memory Into Fiction with Debra Jo Immergut (Sold Out)$495
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Unlocking Your Novel by Looking Within with Chelsea Bieker (Sold Out)$150
Friday - Sunday 7:00 pm EDT - 9:00 pm EDT May 14 to May 16, 2021
Experimental Writing for Non-Experimental Writers with Porochista Khakpour$150
Saturday & Sunday 2:00 pm EDT - 5:15 pm EDT May 22 to May 23, 2021
Lining Up the Bones of a YA Story with Emily X.R. Pan$125
Saturday & Sunday 2:00 pm EDT - 4:15 pm EDT June 5 to June 6, 2021
The Spoken Role with Charles Bock$125
Friday & Saturday 6:00 pm EDT - 8:15 pm EDT June 11 to June 12, 2021
NEA Big Read: From the Desk of Zoe Washington Middle Grade Reading Group
Saturday, 1:00 pm EDT - 2:30 pm EDT June 12, 2021
Introduction to Writing the Short Story with Elizabeth Wetmore$600
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