The mere thought of writing poetry can stir up buried, primal fears of failure and inadequacy. Normally stalwart people, brows pale and sweaty with visions of being unable to produce even a decent ending to “Roses are red, violets are blue,” lament: “Write poetry? I don’t know how! I’m not a poet!”
But every human being on the planet has the potential to be a poet, and writing poetry isn’t scary. It’s actually a useful process for awakening both your creativity and your love of language. This spring, the Great Smokies Writing Program has a class, led by Laura Hope-Gill, to guide you through the exploration of your own creativity via poetry. Space is currently available, so take the plunge – become a poet!
Applications are available at http://www.unca.edu/gswp/
. The course description is below.
Form Follows Function: The Innerlife of Making Poems
(Lang 372, 2 hours)
This is a class for poets at all levels of experience. We write to engage the psyche and allow it move forward within us and out onto paper. Playful, unpressured, supportive and generative, this class is designed to create space for our creative self, not to tear it down and weaken it. From the rough drafts we create, we learn the forms and techniques of poetry as the psyche uses them to express itself. For new poets, it is a course in exploration. For experienced poets, it is a reconnection with why we started writing them in the first place.
Laura Hope-Gill is the director of Asheville Wordfest Poetry Festival. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the Warren Wilson MFA Program and is an NC Arts Fellow for her Creative Nonfiction. To learn more about Laura's vision of poetry and creative alchemy, visit her website www.thehealingseed.com
. She is the poet of the collaboration with John Fletcher Jr. The Soul Tree: Poems and Photographs of the Southern Appalachians.
10-week class – Starts February 16
, Tuesday evenings, 6:00-8:30pm at the Randolph Learning Center, 90 Montford Avenue.
Cost: Please make checks payable to UNCA. Payment must accompany all applications. Please allow 3-4 weeks for refunds.
• Visiting Student Application (one-time) Fee: $20
• In-State Residents (Persons living in NC for12 months prior to enrolling are residents)
Tuition and technology fees are $89.10 per credit hour:
1-credit-hour course: $89.10
2-credit-hour course (10 weeks): $178.20
3-credit-hour course (15 weeks): $267.30
• Non-State Residents
Tuition and technology fees are $484.95 per credit hour:
1-credit-hour course: $484.95
2-credit-hour course (10 weeks): $969.90
3-credit-hour course (15 weeks): $1454.85