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GENERATIVE WORKSHOPS

at KETTLE POND WRITERS

In 2023 Kettle Pond moved all-generative model in our workshop offerings. We found that removing the need to submit and read manuscripts in advance allowed all of our writers more time to immerse themselves in their work, and in the generative and community spirit that inspired us to create Kettle Pond in the first place.  

 

Workshops for the 2024 conference will be offered in poetry, fiction, genre fiction, creative nonfiction, and (we're at about 95% on this one) probably screenwriting. All events, including workshops, are covered in conference tuition (though some workshops will have caps on enrollment).

We're still fine-tuning this summer's workshop descriptions, dates, and times in our schedule. Below, writers will find descriptions of last year's summer workshop lineup; these are posted with the intent of giving applicants a better idea of what a week at Kettle Pond may be like. This summer's offerings will be distributed to all admitted writers in advance of their arrival on campus, and posted here as soon as time permits.

 

2023 WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

Chen Chen

Happy Poems (2 sessions)

Do they exist? If they do, can they be as good as the poems that wreck us? Can a happy poem wreck us? And how can we avoid sentimentality or is that a risk we just need to take? In this generative session–spread over 2 days–we’ll look at Ross Gay’s essay “Joy Is Such a Human Madness” (from his collection The Book of Delights) as a compass for our discussion and a starting point for writing about/from/through happiness, joy, and pleasure. Within the genre of happy poem, we’ll think about poems that celebrate love, sex, community, and connection of various kinds. We’ll examine some model poems by Ross Gay and others, including Czesław Miłosz, Derrick Austin, Jane Wong, Nikky Finney, and Yanyi. Come prepared to engage in jubilant experimentation.

Christopher Citro

A Gathering to Write

A generative poetry session with poems and original prompts to help us get going writing poems! We’ll enjoy inspiration, including audio and video, from poets such as Susan Nguyen, Maya C. Popa, Vievee Francis, Cleo Qian, and others. I’ll provide a handout with poems and prompts we use in class, plus a bunch of others for you to enjoy and be further sparked by to write new poems!

Christopher Citro

The Power of Juxtaposition

A generative poetry session on the craft of using juxtaposition to help us find our poems and to energize our poems when they arrive. We’ll enjoy inspiration, including audio and video, from poets such as Arda Collins, francine j. harris, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, and others. I’ll provide a handout with poems and original prompts we use in class, plus others for you to enjoy and be further stimulated by to write new poems!

Anaïs Duplan

Hybrid Forms Poetry

This generative poetry workshop is intended to illuminate the expanded potentials of working with hybrid forms, including but not limited to: auto-fiction, experimental poetry, auto-theory, and writing that incorporates visual arts. Participants are encouraged to consider how hybridity can reshape their own work in ways that inspire new lyric iterations.

Brian Hall

Datasets (2 sessions)

In this nonfiction workshop, the first session will be spent generating “datasets”–following the format used in The Stone Loves the World–and writing along the line between prose and poetry while looking at moments in the life of a person who is important to you (friend or family). The idea is to work backward through time, creating a set of moments involving that person. Each dataset cannot run longer than seven lines, but you can write up to ten of them. The first dataset is a recent moment, and the last is the first time you met the person, or your earliest memory of them. The second session will be devoted to feedback and discussion. This workshop is limited to 14 participants.

Mark Pawlak

Poetic Journals from Bashō to the Beats to Pawlak (2 sessions)

Spread over 2 days: the first to define the “poetic journal,” offer examples, and assign “homework”; the second to workshop poetic journals that participants have generated.

Kem Joy Ukwu

Short Fiction (2 sessions)

This workshop will focus on creating new short stories, including flash fiction, utilizing prompts and brainstorming strategies. The workshop will also include an approach of creating and/or clarifying goals and intentions regarding writing regarding revision. Questions that will be asked and discussed include: How can a writer build from an initial draft of a story and/or story idea? What are the goals of the writer regarding creating the short story and how can one revise work to align with one’s goals and intentions? During the workshop, participants would have the option of bringing their own short story excerpts that could be reviewed and discussed (the first two pages or the first page, double-spaced). In addition to the workshop, a 45-minute individual consultation (optional) would be scheduled and provided to review and discuss each participant’s short story, strategies for generating a story, and each writer’s creative and professional goals. This workshop is limited to 7 participants; 10-page maximum (double-spaced) for consultations.

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