Weeklong Intensive: Drawing and Your Poetics


Whether one is writing or drawing, one inevitably encounters questions of space and mark making: how to build, how to continue, how to activate the page, where to place feeling, where to conceal feeling, how to make a record of your thinking, how to slow your thinking down and see inside it. The manner in which one responds to these questions is often what forms the core of each person’s poetics. Using the visual works of artists Julie Mehretu, Jorinde Voigt, John Cage, and Cy Twombly, and the poetry of Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Samiya Bashir, Layli Long Soldier, and Myung Mi Kim, we'll play with giving shape and sound to our work. In the process, we’ll think deeply about the various lines, fields, and architectures shaped by the hand. Open to writers of poetry, creative nonfiction, and hybrid forms, the focus of this week is both generative and constructive. Students will create both written and visual non-figurative work during the week and discuss the material produced in the class with an eye towards development. 

Students will leave this workshop with a bevy of new pieces, a deeper understanding of the physicality of their work, and in-depth feedback from the class and the instructor through in-class discussion and one-on-one meetings. 

No prior experience in drawing required.

Please note: This class will meet five times, Monday through Friday, June 5–9, 9:00 to 11:45 AM.

Want to take more than just this workshop at Lit Fest? Check out the Gold and Silver Festival Passes!  

Instructor: Renee Gladman Learn More


Jun 05, 2017 9:00am - 11:45amJun 06, 2017 9:00am - 11:45amJun 07, 2017 9:00am - 11:45amJun 08, 2017 9:00am - 11:45amJun 09, 2017 9:00am - 11:45am