Thinking Like a Poetry Editor: How to Be
Your Own Best Critic
(“The Ossmann Method” Poetry
April Ossmann (author of Event Boundaries and Anxious Music,
both from Four Way Books), writing and publishing consultant, and former Executive Director of Alice James Books)
to think like a poetry editor! In this
workshop we’ll turn the usual workshop model on its head and not
only allow the
poet being critiqued to speak, but to speak first and critique their
discussing correlations between the criticisms s/he has for other
poems and her/his own before group discussion begins. This will offer a
taste of what it means to
be both poet and poetry editor, a position in which it becomes easier
assess your own work; to spot dull vs. energetic syntax, generic vs.
imagery and other strengths and weaknesses you may have overlooked. It
empowers the poet in the process, and engenders an unusually positive
congenial workshop atmosphere. Participants will receive written editorial suggestions for their poem from the instructor and participants.
I teach this workshop regionally or nationally
where I'm invited, including literary and book festivals, colleges,
arts centers, for writer's workshop groups as a guest leader, and at
private homes on request.
The next schedulled workshop is:
June 18, 2016
9:00pm - 12:00pm
Method Poetry Workshop
Like a Poetry Editor: How to Be
Your Own Best Critic"
College Graduate Center
28 Vernon Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301
required; minimum and maximum enrollment, 8.
(802)333-9597 or email@example.com
Payment & Registration
Advance registrastion is required, and full tuition is due no later
than twelve days in advance of the workshop date. Tuition varies,
depending on how far I'm asked to travel, but the range is generally
$50 - 100 per person.
I accept checks or money orders.
refunds for registered participants, but I will email the edited poem to the canceling participant.
you for your words about my poems. I must tell you that Saturday had such
an impact on me, that I'm ‘seeing’ them and ‘working’ on them as per the
critiquing discussion—word choices, deletions, etc. This hasn't happened
to me before as the result of any
workshop...I've always thought of this as incubation, but this after-effect is
purposeful and focused. It is excellent discipline before hitting the
keyboard— or putting pen to paper. Thank you again!"