99 to 1: A Poetry Workshop
Thomas Edison believed “genius is one percent inspiration and ninety nine percent perspiration.” In order to get you to the one percent’s pay-off more quickly, this workshop is going to help you work up a figurative sweat! Bring two or three poems you want to revise. We’ll work on those and get you started on more. Don’t have any poems you’re ready to share yet? That’s okay, too. This class is suitable for both beginners and practiced poets. During the week, we’ll try out exercises that will help you harness inspiration when it strikes. We’ll talk about word choice, line breaks, sound, form, point of view, and other tools that will be helpful to you. Whether this is your first time in a workshop or your 99th, this session will give your creativity the workout of its life.
Camille T. Dungy is the author of Smith Blue, Suck on the Marrow, and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison. She edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, and co-edited the poetry anthology From the Fishouse. Her honors include an American Book Award, two Northern California Book Awards, a California Book Award silver medal, and fellowships from the NEA, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Cave Canem, the Dana Award, and Bread Loaf. Dungy is a Professor in the Creative Writing Department at San Francisco State University.