Prose Poetry

Start Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Schedule: Saturdays, May 20 – June 24
Time: 12 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.

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: Early registration: $240 (before 10/10/15), General: $299, Teacher: $270, Student/Senior: $240