Aug 032012

Develop your poetry
Learn to publish

with John Brantingham
Professor of English and Creative Writing at Mt. SAC

Join our weekly workshop

Starting Saturday, September 8th

9AM to 1:00PM

Only 50$ Per Session

Spaces are limited Enroll Now.

All proceeds will benefit the upcoming San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival

Class #1:          September 8, 9am-1pm with a 30 minute break.

Writing from the Body – Developing poetry that conveys universal themes through personal experience. Learn how to write poetry that uses your experience but goes beyond simply being personal. There will be lecture and work. By the end of class, each student should have a poem.

Class #2:          September 15, 9am-1pm with a 30 minute break.

Using Form to Create Ideas – Students will learn how formal poetry can help to bring out ideas that they never knew they had. Instead of focusing on the rules of formal poetry, this class will explain how the sonnet, the sestina, and other poem types are full of tools that can help the poet overcome writer’s block and create something meaningful.

Class #3:          September 22, 9am-1pm with a 30 minute break.

Ways to Find Your Poem – Student will develop techniques to develop their poetry writing skill and avoid writer’s block. Different techniques and forms will be taught so that the students will have a variety of approaches to poetry. By the end of class, each student will have written several poems.

Bio:     John Brantingham’s work has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s radio program Writer’s Almanac, and he has had hundreds of poems and stories published in the United States and England in magazines such as The Journal, Confrontation, Mobius, and Tears in the Fences. He was nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes for poems in his book East of Los Angeles and his poetry chapbooks Heroes for Today, The Mediterranean Garden, and Putting in a Window. His forthcoming books include Mann of War and Let Us All Pray Now to Our Own Strange Gods. He is a full-time professor at Mt. San Antonio College and one of two fiction editors of The Chiron Review, a nationally distributed literary magazine.

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