Poetry Forms: Why and How Workshop with William Duke

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents Poetry Forms: Why and How Workshop with William Duke, two consecutive Saturdays, September 11 and 18, 2021 from 1 to 3 p.m. Once they register and pay, participants will be given instructions on how to join the class.

In this class you will learn and review the major forms of poetry. There will be a discussion of how forms came into being and why they continue to hold an important place in contemporary poetry. Learn to enjoy and employ syllabic forms: haiku, tanka, and cinquains as well as the major metric forms: limericks, sonnets, villanelles and sestinas. Concrete poems and free verse are also discussed. At the end of the first Saturday session there will be a collaborative writing exercise where the group writes its own villanelle. The second Saturday is devoted to sharing and critiquing poems written in form by the class during the week (homework).

William Duke is a poet, painter and yoga instructor, and hosts Spiritual Solutions on WIOX Radio. In the 1990s he was one of the founders of the Saturn Series, the longest running weekly open mic in NYC. He edited an anthology of divorcé poems, Split Verse: Poems to Heal the Heart, with Meg Campbell (Midmarch Arts Press 2000). Recent books of poetry include, A Little Blessing 2017 (https://www.alittleblessingbook.com/), and Alphie the Angel’s Little Alphabet Book 2020 (http://Alphietheangel.com ). William has been a featured reader at Word Thursdays at the Bright Hill Literary Press and Center of the Catskills as well as at Catskill Cabaradio at the Pine Hill Community Center and Live on WIOX Radio.

To register for this class, e-mail writersinthemountains@gmail.com. To register online, visit writersinthemountains.org. Class fee is $45. Registration deadline is September 4.

Writers in the Mountains is a 501 ( c ) (3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation and sharing of creative writing. For more information, visit writersinthemountains.org.