This workshop is designed to blast through your blocks and help you generate a ton of vibrant, new material in a short timeframe. The workshop leader will guide you through a rapid succession of generative exercises, employing both formal and informal prompts (e.g., photographs, abecedarian, monostich, made-up words, five senses, ekphrasis, word-by-word imitation). You will leave the workshop with a wheelbarrow of gritty gemstones to finesse later into individual poems or prose. Dust off your Harley and come ready to ditch that comfort zone! (Prose writers welcome!)
Maya Ribault, a French-American poet, is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars. In addition, she has found support for her poetry through Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, New York State Summer Writers Institute, and a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts residency. Her poems, including a translation, have appeared in Agni, Bloodroot, Cloudbank, North American Review, Speak, The New Yorker, and The Southampton Review Online. Her chapbook, Hôtel de la Providence, was released by Finishing Line Press in 2020. She is currently the writer in residence at St. Albans in Washington, DC.
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