Events

Wingbeats II Preview at AIPF

Three in One: A Preview of Wingbeats II

Friday, April 4, 2014, 1 – 2:15 p.m.
Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus

David Meischen will lead a workshop featuring three exercises from Wingbeats II: Exercises and Practice in Poetry.

Want to work on your craft even on days when your mind is blank? Come on in! In the space of an hour, we’ll do three quick, high-energy, imagination-stimulating exercises taken from Wingbeats II: Exercises and Practice in Poetry, due later this year from Dos Gatos Press. You know what a slinky is, but what about a Slinky poem? Here’s your chance to write one! When you’ve got that under your belt, we’ll try Repurposing and Caulking, an exercise that gets your brain working (but requires no skill with an actual caulking gun). Finally, let’s play a game with numbers—recommended especially for math phobes—and discover the poetry hidden in numerology. This workshop is recommended for beginners and veterans alike.

This workshop is free of charge.

Writing the Bad Sonnet

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 10:30 – noon
Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus

Scott Wiggerman will conduct his workshop “Writing the Bad Sonnet”—to be included in Wingbeats II: Exercises and Practice in Poetry, due out later this year.

“Writing the Bad Sonnet” is a fun exercise from the forthcoming Wingbeats II that is done in small groups, where everyone is encouraged to write a bad sonnet, seriously, bad! Awful rhymes, trite metaphors, stilted language, tortured syntax—not only all right, but encouraged! Of course, the idea behind the exercise is for participants to recognize what they normally shouldn’t do in a sonnet, as well as to alleviate the fear of writing something in rhyme and meter for those who avoid such things because they think it’s too hard. Students have told me that this is the favorite exercise they’ve ever done in one of my workshops!

This workshop is free of charge.