Spring Craft Intensive: Leila ChattiWorkshops
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Poetry is Fun: How To Banish Writer’s Block, Overcome Fear and Recover Your Original Spark with Leila Chatti
Sunday, May 7th
12 PM – 3 PM PST/ 3 PM – 6 PM EST
In this craft intensive, we will work to disrupt writer’s block, doubt, and reluctance to approach the blank page. In the course of pursuing publication or a career built around writing, many writers find themselves frustrated, anxious, or creatively blocked, and it can be difficult to find a way back to the original love of writing for its own sake. Through prompts, games, and a variety of other techniques, we will generate new work and begin to jostle you out of whatever rut you may have found yourself in. Come write—I promise it will be fun!
BIO: Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American poet and author of Deluge (Copper Canyon Press, 2020), winner of the 2021 Levis Reading Prize, the 2021 Luschei Prize for African Poetry, and longlisted for the 2021 PEN Open Book Award, and four chapbooks. Her honors include multiple Pushcart Prizes, grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Cleveland State University, where she was the inaugural Anisfield-Wolf Fellow in Publishing and Writing. Her poems appear in TheNew York Times Magazine, The Nation, The Atlantic, POETRY, and elsewhere. She is currently the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer-in-Residence at Smith College and teaches in Pacific University’s M.F.A. program.