Master Class: CAConrad

Class Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. CST
Duration: 1 day (class meets once, for 3 hrs.)
Instructor: CA Conrad
Location: Online

Description: Study with poet CAConrad in this one-day online class, RADICAL INSISTENCE: A (Soma)tic Poetry Workshop. (Soma)tic poetry rituals provide a window into the creative viability of everything around us, initiating an extreme present where we learn how even in crisis we can thrive through the poems, as well as learn to collaborate in unexpected ways with other artistic disciplines. In our Chicago School of Poetics workshop we will take notes together for the poems, but we will also talk about how to always be able to see the poems around us. We will discuss the places that seem to prevent us from writing, and we will build rituals within those very places, because if we can write there we are free to write anywhere, whenever we want. A poetics of autonomy is a poetics of radical insistence, and it is for all of us.

(Soma)tic Poetry Rituals can be seen here: http://somaticpoetryexercises.blogspot.com

The class runs for 3 hours and will be held in our online, video-conferenced classroom, so you can attend from your own home, from anywhere in the world. Our students attend class from all over the world, including recently from Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, the Philippines, Singapore, Scotland, and, of course, the United States.

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Tuition: $250 Gen. / $199 Edu.

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Poetics Level 1

Start Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Schedule: Wednesdays, November 1 – December 11
Time: 7 – 9 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Kristina Marie Darling
Location: Online

Description: Blending lecture, written exercises, and in-class feedback this course is designed to help you: view your poetry with the cold eyes that are necessary to make instinctual edits based on the many tools at your disposal; meld the inspiration behind a poem with the types of effective techniques that will really bring it across to the reader; and use a wide and varied set of tools to write poems that resonate with readers and to write poems that inhabit multiple zones or levels of meaning.

Please note: after registering you will receive a receipt from PayPal, this serves as your registration confirmation. Then, closer to the start of classes you will receive an email with instructions on how to log into the virtual classroom.

Tuition: General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Poetics Level 2

Start Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014
Schedule: Thursdays, November 1 – December 11
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Larry Sawyer
Location: Online

Description: Blending lecture, written exercises, and feedback. Brief discussions of experiments that help start the writing process followed by the writing of original work in friendly and supportive environment.

In a supportive and collaborative environment students begin to draft original poems based on the fundamental concepts already learned and use those concepts to revise old work if necessary.

Less isn’t more at the beginning of this process. Poets should use techniques such as automatic writing, random effect, shifts in writing method and even location, personal archeology, access to a wide variety of secondary source texts, found language, investigative poetry techniques, journal keeping, experiments/or understanding of the basics of all traditional form, list poems, etymological research to expand areas of a work, turning a popular prose work into a poetic work of your own, ekphrastic poetry, bestiaries, abecedarians, autobiography, and so forth. Students should generate a copious amount of writing from which to work, edit, and revise and exhaust all resources in the writing of poetry.

Critique

  • To critique a poem on its own terms—a discussion of author intention
  • To discuss the tools that could improve the poem to give it more resonance and coherence

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Tuition: General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Poetry and Feminist Theory

Start Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Schedule: Saturdays, November 1 – December 11
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Kristina Marie Darling
Location: Online

Description: This class will consider the ways that poets can use form and technique to comment on existing debates in feminist theory. We will focus particular attention on theorists who have revolutionized the style of academic writing, particularly Luce Irigiray, Julia Kristeva, and Helene Cixous. Questions we will address in class include: Where does the boundary between critical and creative writing exist, if at all? Who gets to decide what is “critical” and what is “creative” writing? How can one use the resources of poetry to question these manifestations of power and authority within the academy? We will interrogate (and subvert) the larger social structures that inform our writing practices. With that in mind, the theoretical texts for each class will be paired with weekly writing prompts and texts by contemporary poets (Sarah Vap, Joanna Ruocco, Kristy Bowen, Simone Muench, Khadijah Queen, Jenny Boully, and others).

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Tuition: General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Prose Poetry

Start Date: Sunday, November 2, 2014
Schedule: Sundays, November 1 – December 11
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Kristina Marie Darling
Location: Online

Description: In this course, we will focus on prose poetry, meaning prose that draws from the extensive tradition, formal repertoire and literary devices that readers associate with poetry. Questions we will address in class include: How can the writer become aware of the expectations that readers bring to prose, and work to undermine these readerly expectations? What approaches to (and revisions of… and critiques of…) received narrative structures are possible within prose poetry? How can narrative conventions be revised and expanded, allowing for prose works that use imagery, the space of the page, and the sonic qualities of language to forge connections between ideas and events within a text? Finally, how do we create meaning within prose works, and what alternative modes of creating meaning, connection, and coherence within a literary work are possible? We will also discuss strategies for structuring longer literary works that incorporate prose poems, focusing ways of using prose poems to compliment (and complicate) other works within the sequence, chapbook, or book manuscript. Readings will include work by Rochelle Hurt, Thalia Field & Abigail Lang, Carol Guess, Kerri Webster, Joanna Ruocco, and other writers as determined by student interests.

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Tuition: General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Pulse Poem Pulse

Start Date: Monday, November 3, 2014
Schedule: Mondays, November 1 – December 11
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Barbara Barg
Location: Online

Description: Ponder melodic/percussive/sensual/intrusive attributes of words, syllabic noise, silences, and other sounds that come out of our mouths. We visit Stein, Poe, Dada, Italian/Russian Futurism, Bebop/Beats, buzzing swamps, chattering rainforests, chairs in the desert, the dark-rumped petrel, dogs in jazz quartets, barking humans, rusted bomber wombs, Earth’s magnetosphere, black holes, India, Africa, and Arkansas in search of fresh rhythmic, tonal, textural, and vocal strategies for poems. Good class for performance poets, songwriters, and poets. “For the Greeks, O King, who make logical demonstrations, use words emptied of power, and this very activity is what constitutes their philosophy, a mere noise of words. But we [Egyptians] do not use words (logoi) but sounds (phōnai) which are full of effects” (Corpus Hermeticum. 1954-1960, CH xvi 2, Nock and Festugière 1972-1983, ii 232)

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Tuition: General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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Red-Headed Stepchild: The Unholy Spawn of Poetry and Story

Start Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Schedule: Tuesdays, November 1 – December 11
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. CST
Duration: 6 weeks (classes meet once per week, for 2 hrs. per session)
Instructor: Sharon Mesmer
Location: Online

Description: How can using ideas and techniques from 16th century China, 17th century Japan and 19th century France infuse your work with new, exciting dynamics? You’d be surprised! In this workshop we’ll first look at some very early examples of what we now think of as “hybrid” writing, then blend the hallmarks of those early models (brevity, spontaneity, tightly-focused imagery) with contemporary ideas and techniques (collage, appropriation) to heighten your language, expand your subject matter, and provide you with a whole new toolbox for further experimentation. During each class meeting we’ll read and discuss one or two model texts, and those texts will be paired with a related prompt for at least fifteen minutes of “in-conference” writing, which you can work on during the week and present in the next class session. Readings include “hsaio-p’in” vignettes from late Ming-era China, excerpts from Matsuo Basho’s The Narrow Road to the Interior, and Rimbaud’s Illuminations (to give the French prose poem its props!). Modern and contemporary works serving as model texts will be Yasunari Kawabata’s Palm of the Hand Stories, which blends the shortest form (haiku) with the longest form (the novel), Alice Notley’s revelatory epic The Descent of Alette and Nelson Algren’s “prose poem essay” (his term), Chicago: City on the Make.

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Tuition: General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240

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