Spring Poetry Workshop on Tap for 2011!

Bluffs fog Literary programming at Centrum in 2011 begins with the April Poetry Symposium, happening April 14-17!

Led by Copper Canyon Press poet Erin Belieu, the Artistic Director of the Port Townsend Writers' Conference, this intimate workshop is designed for poets wanting to take existing poems to the next level, while at the same time creating new work in an intense, nurturing weekend environment. Registration is available here, as well as by calling Centrum at 360.385.3102, x131.

Erin's Class Description

"Vision and Revision"
As most of the heavy lifting when making a poem happens in the revision process, we'll spend our time in this workshop discussing strategies and techniques for taking drafts to the next level. Why do some poems refuse to stand up straight? How do I construct a narrative to support the story my poem tells? Is my poem telling the best part of the story? How and why does a lyric work? What other formal choices that might suit the voice and imagery with which I'm working? There are constructive strategies one can learn to help answer these questions, ones that will keep you writing well beyond our workshop. My goal is to give you new tools for your tool box that will help you solve these conundrums when you're working on your own. This process may involve generating new poems during our time together at the conference as well as discussing the two poems you are encouraged to send in ahead.

Tuition for the Symposium is $395. Optional housing at Fort Worden is $195 for the three nights. Register online.


Thursday, April 14
Check-in from 3:30 pm until evening
5-7 pm: Welcome gathering, wine and hors d'oeuvres
7-9 pm: Evening workshop/conversation

Friday, April 15
9 am-12 pm: Morning workshop
1-5: Personal writing time
7:30 pm: Erin Belieu reading downtown at the Northwind Arts Center

Saturday, April 16 
9 am-12 pm: Morning workshop
1-5: Personal writing time
7-9: Informal participant reading

Sunday, April 17