One Day Workshops

Scott Gould

Scott Gould

Write What You Know (Well Enough To Lie About)  Cost - $75 (Click on image to register)

Instructor - Scott Gould,  Date - Saturday, April 14, 2018 Time - 9:30 to 3:30 (Hour for lunch), Location - SC Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities, 15 University St, Greenville, SC 29601

Class description: This one-day workshop will explore how to use autobiographical incidents and information as the basis for writing fiction, specifically, a short story. There will be a no-fail, 100% guaranteed prompt designed to shake loose some long lost memories. There will be nuts-and-bolts discussions about conflict and character and setting. You will be required to tell some lies about the truth. The only things you need to bring to the workshop are your memory and a pencil. (Okay, pens are acceptable.)

David Joy (The Weight of This World) calls Scott Gould’s recent book, Strangers to Temptation, “a dazzling collection,” and the Atlanta Journal Constitution says “Gould has produced a compulsive read. His prose shines…”  Gould’s work has appeared in Kenyon Review, Carolina Quarterly, New Madrid Journal, The Bitter Southerner, Black Warrior Review, Eclectica, The Raleigh Review, New Stories from the South, and New Southern Harmonies, among others. He is a two-time winner of the Artist Fellowship in Prose from the South Carolina Arts Commission and a past winner of the Fiction Fellowship from the South Carolina Academy of Authors. He currently chairs the creative writing department at the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities in Greenville.

Celisa Steele

Celisa Steele

Thirteen Ways (Plus or Minus) of Looking at a List Poem      Cost - $75   (Click on image to register)

Instructor - Celisa Steele, Date - Saturday, March 10, 2018, Time - 10:00 to 3:00 (Hour for lunch), Location - TBA

In this workshop, we’ll explore how lists can be deployed in—and even across—poems and to what end. Using example poems, we’ll discuss: numbered lists and unordered lists, announced lists and revealed lists, subgenres and related phenomena (such as abecedarians).

Working together, we’ll get more comfortable with poetic lists through a variety of approaches: examining sample list poems (by Wallace Stevens, Marie Howe, Danez Smith, and others), looking at how the sample poems work—and what work the lists do to set and fulfill expectations (or not), using prompts to start writing our own list poems

We’ll also reserve some workshop time for critique. Workshop participants will be asked to do the following: select a single short (no longer than a page) poem they want feedback on. (the poem need not be a list poem), e-mail the poem in advance to the workshop leader. (closer to the workshop date, directions for doing this will be provided), bring hard copies of their poem to the workshop to share with the other participants.

The workshop will be limited to thirteen participants.

Celisa Steele lives in Carrboro, North Carolina, where she served as the town’s poet laureate from 2013 to 2016. In 2011, Emrys Press published her first book of poems, How Language Is Lost, as the twelfth publication in its selective chapbook and poetry series, which began in 1995.

Ron Rash describes Celisa as “one of the Carolinas’ finest poets,” and Janice Moore Fuller calls her “a nimble metalinguist.” Anthony S. Abbott finds in How Language Is Lost “a delightful play of language, a sheer joy at how language is not lost, how language can take any experience and transform it into passion, into humor, into fresh and unusual insights into the seemingly ordinary experiences of life.”