|Questions to Ask a Poem: The Basics of Poetry Editing|
Questions to Ask a Poem: The Basics of Poetry Editing
with Ruth Daniell
When: Wednesday, January 26, and Thursday, January 27, 7:30 to 9:00 pm PST
Where: Online via Zoom
In this workshop, you will learn the basics of editing poetry, focusing on the relationship between form and content and on the ways that you can support poets to bolster the unique strengths of their work. You’ll gain strategies for discussing memoir-based poetry so that the emphasis remains on craft while still effectively interrogating its narrative elements, as well as strategies for work that strays outside of the realm of contemporary lyric poetry. You will be given four key questions to ask any poem to help you investigate its purpose and its execution.
This workshop will ask you to engage in both the playfulness of
poetry and its ability to perform serious investigations, as well as
to revel in the specificity of language. Ultimately, this workshop
will look at what an individual poem is trying to do, whether it’s
doing this successfully, why or why not, and how you can support the
poet in achieving their goals for the poem.
The workshop will cover the following topics:
Ruth Daniell (she/her) is a freelance editor, speech arts teacher, writer, and the author of The Brightest Thing (Caitlin Press, 2019). Recent work appears in Watch Your Head: Writers and Artists Respond to the Climate Crisis (Coach House Press, 2020) and Resistance: Righteous Rage in the Age of #MeToo (University of Regina Press, 2021). She holds a Bachelor of Arts (honours) in English Literature and Writing from the University of Victoria and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She lives in Kelowna, BC.
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