Calling ALL Writers to Poetry Workshops
Second Saturdays of the month 9:00 – 12:00
Poets & Writers
Ritzenthaler Family Foundation.
The Council deeply appreciates Nancy Heggem’s sponsorship of the Second Saturday Poetry Workshop space at the Palatine Library.
All poetry workshops take place at the Palatine Public Library,
700 N. North Court, Palatine, IL 60067.
July 8, 2017 — Jennifer Dotson
Jennifer Dotson is the Founder & Program Coordinator for www.HighlandParkPoetry.org. Her book, Clever Gretel, received the First Journal of Modern Poetry Book Award and was published by Chicago Poetry Press in 2013. She facilitates writing workshops for Highland Park’s Library U.
Food Glorious Food!
Food nourishes, engages our senses and taps us into our deepest memories. Together we’ll explore food as a source of poetic inspiration.
August 12, 2017 — Jan Bottliglieri
Jan Bottiglieri is a managing editor for the poetry annual RHINO and holds an MFA in Poetry from Pacific University. Jan’s poems have appeared in december, Rattle, DIAGRAM, Willow Springs and many other journals and anthologies, and she has received three Pushcart Prize nominations. She is the author of the chapbook Where Gravity Pools the Sugar and the full-length poetry collection Alloy (Mayapple Press, 2015.)
Asking the Right Questions
Forget about finding the “right answers” in poetry… it’s much more fun to explore the “right questions!” We’ll talk about how asking generative questions can help us unpack the poetry we read, inspire us to write, and work within our own poems to engage readers. We’ll look at some poems that use questions, and as a group we’ll generate a list of question-related writing prompts that we can all take home. Will you join us?
September 9, 2017 — Nicole Tryling
Nick Tryling earned her MFA in poetry at American University in Washington, DC where she experimented in translating Japanese Tanka. Since then, Nick has served as the Director of Youth Services for the Long Island LGBT Network, taught literature and writing courses at Montgomery College, Oakton Community College, and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and served as the Director of the Parkside Academic Resource Center. She currently works for the Center for Talent Development housed on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University.
The Ladder of Abstraction
In 1939, S. I. Hayakawa was a linguist and author of Language in Action which described a concept of how all language exists on a ladder between concrete details and abstract ideas. As poets, being aware of this ladder and knowing how to use it to our advantage is a wonderful revision tool. Workshop participants will practice identifying how the ladder of abstraction helps us find and make meaning.
Please bring 15 copies of your poem(s).
There will be ample time for individual critiques at each session.
Workshops take place at the Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine, IL 60067
To download a PDF registration form to attend workshops,
Responses to questionnaires indicated that participants want: short lectures; critiques of their poems; and short writing exercises so sessions will cover all three interests.