Winter School: Poetic Voice Masterclass

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Jane Hirshfield
25 July 2018 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Jane Hirshfield
Emerging, Established
This workshop will explore the mysterious yet instantly recognisable quality of poetic ‘voice’ and how it is made.

We’ll delve into voice in the larger sense and also the specific powers of the technical, grammatical voice: first person, second person, imperative, etc. The workshop will include discussion, examples and a set of quick writing experiments guided by specific models and prompts, in which participants will explore and expand the instruments of their own poem-making. Presented in partnership with Australian Poetry and Mildura Writers Festival.

You will learn

  • what we mean when we speak of a writer’s distinctive ‘voice’
  • how ‘voice’ is created in single lines, poems and over a body of work
  • the seven meanings of ‘you’
  • techniques to bring to the writing and revision of future poems.

About Jane Hirshfield

Jane Hirshfield is the author of eight much-honoured books of poetry, most recently ‘The Beauty’ (Knopf and Bloodaxe), long-listed for the National Book Award, as well as two now-classic books of essays, ‘Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry’ and ‘Ten Windows’. A chancellor-emerita of the Academy of American Poets, Hirshfield has been visiting professor at Stanford University, UC Berkeley and elsewhere. Her work appears in the TLS, New Yorker, Poetry, New York Times and eight editions of The Best American Poems.

Read more about our other Winter School workshops:

Winter School: The Novel of Ideas, Monday 16 July

Winter School: Voice and Point of View, Tuesday 17 July

Winter School: Writing for the Education Market, Wednesday 18 July

Winter School: Building Emotional Resonance, Thursday 19 July

Winter School: Problem Solving in Literary Fiction, Friday 20 July

Winter School: The Body, Writing, Saturday 21 July

Winter School: Finding the Loose Brick – Writer’s Block, Sunday 22 July

Winter School: Writing Grief and Trauma, Monday 23 July

Winter School: Who, What and Why – The Plotting Triangle, Tuesday 24 July

Winter School: Writing Long-Form Journalism, Thursday 26 July

Winter School: Making Social Media Work, Friday 27 July

Winter School: Series Fiction for Children, Saturday 28 July

Winter School: Writing the Self in Creative Non-Fiction, Sunday 29 July

Writers Victoria and Australian Poetry concession members $ 135.00
Writers Victoria and Australian Poetry members $ 145.00
Non-members $ 195.00

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