Intensive Poetry Workshop with ROSS GAY

Intensive Poetry Workshop with ROSS GAY

Jan 31—Feb 3, 2019

PoetryYard’s Intensive Residential Workshop offers students of poetry a rare opportunity to work closely with a nationally known poet in a workshop-style format that includes just ten participants. In this three-day residency, poets who seek to deepen their commitment to their craft will attend six workshops totaling fourteen and a half hours (see schedule below) focusing on the questions the workshop leader wishes to explore. This might include manuscript preparation or it might include exploring another writer’s work, or it might include generative exercises to unlock creative possibilities. But the common thread will be that the group will gather to think about, to be in, poetry together.

We will generate new material from unusual and unlikely (and impossible!) exercises, abandoning expertise for discovery, trading mastery for very serious play.

 


Lodging and Fees

The group will consist of four commuting poets and five residential poets. Residential poets will be staying in ArtYard’s beautiful residency house in the scenic river town of Frenchtown, NJ, free from the distractions and limitations that so often limit our creative lives. They will each have their own room, sharing two bathrooms among the five residential participants. A spacious well-equipped kitchen and open living room provide space for collaboration—in art and food. Each evening all participants will gather at the residency house for a communal dinner provided by ArtYard.

Before registering, please send two poems to poetry@artyard.org. Once accepted, you can purchase the workshop through this listing.

Cost of Commuting Program: $600, includes six workshop sessions, continental breakfast, three communal dinners, and the opportunity to join fellow participants and Ross Gay for a public reading on Saturday night.

Cost of Residential Program:  $1,000, includes six workshop sessions, three nights lodging, continental breakfast, three communal dinners, and the opportunity to join fellow participants and Ross Gay for a public reading on Saturday night.

 


PoetryYard’s Intensive Residential Workshop Schedule

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Thursday, January 31st, afternoon arrival

3:00-5:00pm
Arrival and Settle In

5:00pm
Communal dinner (provided by ArtYard)

7:00pm-9:00pm
Workshop Session #1

Friday, Feb 1st

8:00am
Continental Breakfast & Coffee/ Tea (provided by ArtYard)

9:00am-11:30am
Workshop Session #2

11:30am-2:30pm
Lunch

2:30pm-5:00pm
Workshop Session #3

6:00pm
Communal dinner (provided by ArtYard)

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Saturday, Feb 2nd

8:00am
Continental Breakfast & Coffee/ Tea (provided by ArtYard)

9:00am-11:30am
Workshop Session #4

11:30am-2:30pm
Lunch

2:30pm-5:00pm
Workshop Session #5

5:30pm
Communal dinner (provided by ArtYard)

6:30pm
Poetry Reading–one poem each by participants 30 min reading by Ross Gay

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Sunday, Feb 3rd

8:00am
Continental Breakfast & Coffee/ Tea (provided by ArtYard)

9:00am-11:30am
Workshop Session #6

11:30am-3:00pm
Lunch, time to relax and enjoy the residency