Wednesday night, Stuart Ross set up his boot camp chez moi. Four other campers and I learned all kinds of cool techniques to shake up our poetry. I wish I could tell you about the exercises, but you should really take a workshop yourself if you get the chance. We did about seven excercises in the space of two and a half hours or so and everyone wrote some dynomite poems. We also got an excellent reading list and tips on how to create our own chapbooks.
I’m a big believer in taking workshops, regardless of whether you are a beginner or at a more advanced stage. They introduce you to poetry you might not be familiar with, they give you the opportunity to have different sets of eyes on your work and they give you the chance to meet fellow writers.
One poetry workshop that will take place this fall is Stephen Brockwell’s wittily titled “Pumping Irony Poetry Workshop” at Collected Works starting Wednesday, September 26.
Stephen’s workshop is in the same space and time that is usually reserved for a poetry workshop by rob mclennan, who will be out of town for 8 months. I’ve already sung the praises of rob’s workshops here.
I hope to see you at upcoming workshops in the city.