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The sonnet contains a volta: a characteristic turn in its middle where the poem’s argument noticeably shifts. But is it possible every poem, whether free or formal verse, contains a volta of some kind? What power do these turns have on us as readers, and how can we harness that as writers? We’ll look at an eclectic array of poems for inspiration and create a portfolio of new work with in-class writing prompts, using literary tools such as point of view, tone, epiphany, and structure, as well as more experimental approaches. All levels welcome.
Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.
If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.
If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.
If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.
Class Type: 6 SessionsPoetry
Start Date: 05/05/2015
No Class On: 6/2/2015
End Date: 06/16/2015
Days of the Week: Tuesday
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
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Sierra Nelson is a poet, performer, and installation artist. Her books include forthcoming poetry collection The Lachrymose Report (Poetry Northwest Editions), lyrical choose-your-own-adventure I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal Press), and chapbook In Case of Loss (Toadlily). Earning her MFA in Poetry from University of Washington (2002), Nelson is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, Carolyn Kizer Prize winner, Pushcart Prize nominee, and winner of the Carolyn Kizer Prize and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture's CityArtist Grant. She is also co-founder of literary performance groups The Typing Explosion and Vis-à-Vis Society, and president of Seattle's Cephalopod Appreciation Society. For more info: songsforsquid.tumblr.com