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The Joy of Editing with Daniel Lawless & Frances Richey (via Zoom)


This workshop focuses on the art of editing, and offers techniques that help writers re-enter that old friend, the poem that’s almost finished, with renewed creative energy. The one you’ve read and reread, and tweaked and put in the drawer. Each poet can bring in any poem they wish, even a new one. Bring in a piece (up to one full page) that’s almost there, but perhaps has been rejected by one journal or more that you respect. The intention is to bring fresh eyes to the work, and to help discover the poem’s true and lasting form in terms of language, line breaks, imagery, music and shape on the page. Each submission will receive close personal attention by the instructors. This iteration of the class is expanded to include a discussion of published poems and what makes them “work.”

NB: This class will be taught on Zoom and will be capped at 15 students. Registrants will receive the Zoom link to the email address they use to register. It will arrive immediately after registration so please check your spam folder if you do not receive it. It will also be sent the day before class as a reminder. Please review the course policies page before registering for any classes. Please email ask@writerscenter.org with any questions.

The scholarship application for the Altman Person of Color Scholarships, Limp Wrist LGBTQIA+ Scholarships, and the Need-Based Scholarships will be available on May 1 and will be due on May 15 for all summer and fall classes.

Daniel Lawless is the founder and editor of the monthly online magazine Plume: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry, and the Plume anthologies, which appear in print annually. His poems have been published in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, FIELD, and The American Journal of Poetry, among many others. Lawless has lived and taught in France and the UK, and now resides in St. Petersburg, Florida. He writes critical essays and conducts author interviews. He received a grant from The Shifting Foundation in 2018. Louisville 1984-1974, is the title of his forthcoming book, comprising a number of prose poems and sketches drawing on his youthful experiences in that city.

Frances Richey is the author of three poetry collections: The Warrior (Viking Penguin 2008), The Burning Point (White Pine Press 2004), and the chapbook, Voices of the Guard, (Clackamas Community College 2010). She teaches an on-going poetry writing class at Himan Brown Senior Program at the 92nd Street Y in NYC, and is the Poetry Editor for upstreet literary magazine, and Editor of Illuminations, the biennial anthology of poems and prose by Himan Brown Poets and Writers at the 92nd Street Y. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from:  The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, Plume, Nimrod, Gulf Coast, Salamander, Blackbird, Cortland Review and The Common, among others. Her poems have been featured on NPR, PBS NewsHour and Verse Daily. Her manuscript,  “On The Way Here,” was a finalist for the National Poetry Series in 2019. She lives in New York City.

Event Location and Ticket Information

Date: Sunday, October 29, 2023
Times: 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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Presenter: Hudson Valley Writers Center
Presenter Phone: 9143325953
Presenter Website: https://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/joy-october/