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*10/20 Poetry Play: A Tour of the Forms with Tania Pryputniewicz

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 Time: 10am to 2pm Number of sessions: One day only! Members: $60 Nonmembers: $72 Location: Inspirations Gallery, across from Ink Spot at NTC, Liberty Station

“How invisibly it changes color / in this world / the flower / of the human heart”—Ono No Komachi, translated by Jane Hirshfield with Mariko Aratani, from The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Ono No Komachi and Izumi Shikibu (Vintage Books, 1990)

Do you haiku? Ever written a haibun, aubade, or villanelle? Want to try your hand at a sestina or a sonnet? During this one-day workshop we will fearlessly and playfully write our way towards working drafts of as many of the forms as we can.

We’ll start with the deceptively simple but evocative gem of haiku. Then we’ll breathe into the slightly pithier prose lead required of the haibun with its haiku chaser. Next up: dawn songs (otherwise known as aubades) for a love lost or left at sunrise. And then, hearts astir, we turn to the gift of intricate form and the unusual word choices form often invites. We will draft sestinas, sonnets and villanelles.

We will preview examples of each form before we attempt to write our own poems; I invite you to bring in your favorite form poems to share with us. Class time will include discussion of our example poems, writing exercises, and supportive workshop time for the new crop of original poems we write. Open to beginners as well as seasoned writers ready for a lively and engaging adventure. Bring your device or notebook and pen and come out and play!

taniaA graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Tania Pryputniewicz is the Managing Poetry Editor of The Fertile Source. Her debut poetry collection, November Butterfly is forthcoming from Saddle Road Press, 2014. New poems are forthcoming online atChaparral, Poetry Flash and Soundings East. Co-founding blogger for Mother, Writer, Mentor, Pryputniewicz teaches writing, blogging and tarot workshops for MWM, A Room of Her Own Foundation, Story Circle Network, and San Diego Writers, Ink. She is newly relocated to Coronado Island with her husband, three children, one blue-eyed Siberian Husky and two tubby housecats. She lives on line at

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