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Do you love to write poetry but yearn to learn more about its intricacies and possibilities?  If so, come meet me in majestic Maine for a class designed to educate, entertain, and inspire.  Part of each day will be spent on a topic of craft, with lots of great examples to show us how, for example, the balance or imbalance of a poetic line creates a rhythm that affects music and meaning. After a deep dive into craft, we’ll have a generative prompt and strive to apply the things we’ve learned, with the hope that we’ll leave our five days with several new poems and an enhanced understanding of techniques we can draw from in the future. 

This course will be all-levels, intensive, and interactive; craft classes will be combined with in-class writing, peer workshops, and one-on-one consultations. Our goal will be to become better readers and writers of poetry while having some laughs and creating a nurturing community.  

Day 1: Four Ways Poets Can Use Sound to Make Meaning 

Day 2: The Magic of Metaphor 

Day 3: Syntax and Diction 

Day 4: The Line, the Stanza, the Page.  Assignment #3, Kinesiology Poem. 

Day 5: The Little Black Dress: The Shape of the Sonnet 


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Instructor: Beth Ann Fennelly

Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi, teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Mississippi, where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Beth Ann has published three poetry books: Open House, Tender Hooks, and Unmentionables, all with W. W. Norton. She is also the author of 3 books of prose: Great With Child: Letters to a Young Mother, a collection of essays; The Tilted World, a novel co-authored with her husband Tom Franklin; and Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs (2018)—a celebratory book that combines the compression of poetry with the truth-telling of nonfiction. Ranging from childhood recollections to quirky cultural observations, these micro-memoirs build on one another to arrive at a portrait of Beth Ann Fennelly as a wife, mother, writer, and deeply original observer of life’s challenges and joys.