Online, Zoom • Thursday, April 29, 2021
We are encouraged to see craft as external, a set of learned artistic tools, but the strongest works of literature are unmistakably connected to an ability to visualize our “inner craft”—a technique that brings our writing closest to our own unique and energizing art. This April, join the longtime director of Northwestern University’s creative-writing program, Reginald Gibbons, for a rejuvenating Master Class. From Amy Hempel’s sentences to Venus Khoury-Ghata’s poems to ancient Greek epigrams—we will discuss examples and explore how writers draw from what they live, from the culture in which they are formed, from language itself. Together, we will examine ways to refine our “inner craft” and practice methods to deepen our connections to our own inner resources.
Reginald Gibbons teaches in the Northwestern University’s MFA program in creative writing and is the author of ten collections of poetry, including Last Lake; the book of criticism How Poems Think (both University of Chicago); and the collection of short stories An Orchard in the Street (BOA). With Ilya Kutik, he recently completed a translation of Boris Pasternak’s poems. A new collection of poetry, Renditions, was published by Four Way Books this year.
Thursday, April 29, 2021
6:30–8:30 p.m. ET
Online on Zoom
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