Brookline Adult & Community Education
Do you write poetry and want constructive feedback? Or have you always wanted to try your hand at writing verse but don't know where to begin? Each week we will explore a different point of entry into poetry, generating new poems and offering one another praise for what works, along with ideas for what can work better. Weekly assignments will be given and students will bring copies of their work to discuss the following week. Assignments may include, for example, writing in a form (such as sonnet or villanelle), writing about a small object, collaborating with another poet in the class, or collaging found language, among many others. Frequent informal in-class writing will help to generate ideas and language to work with. Previous participants should feel free to enroll again; we will use an entirely new set of exercises.
Mondays, 6.30-8.30pm, 9/25-10/23. Register.
Loft Literary Center
In this class, we will explore different methods of writing about our experiences with illness. From science writing to historical fiction and diaries to essays, there are a multitude of approaches to writing about illness. Weekly readings will provide examples from these approaches, while related exercises will guide us through ways of incorporating their techniques in our own writing. Approaches covered will include incorporating medical and scientific research, writing the fictionalized narrative, and forms like prose poetry and diary entries. Through this exploration of different techniques, we will learn how our experiences of illness can be contextualized in a variety of ways, and the multitude of ways there are for telling our own stories. Readings will include work by Bob Flanagan, Siri Hustvedt, Anne Boyer, Gregg Bordowitz, and others.
Online, 2/14/18-3/28/18. Register.