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“Form and Possibility: Finding Freedom within Constraints” with Dr. Taylor Byas

April 6 2024 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT

$59.00 – $119.00

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"Form and Possibility: Finding Freedom within Constraints" Class Ticket - Member
$ 59.00
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"Form and Possibility: Finding Freedom within Constraints" Class Ticket - Non-Member
$ 119.00
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$59 for Members
$119 for Non-Members

Can’t make it to the live class? No problem! All classes are recorded and made available to class registrants for one month.

So often writers avoid poetic form because of the fear of being restricted. But what if poetic form is actually a vehicle for creating more possibility within your work and even pushing yourself out of your own comfort zone?

This course seeks to reframe poetic forms as useful containers into which we can throw and organize our concerns, molds we can place onto a thing to give it shape. And within those containers, there are many ways to work with their formal constraints to create surprise for your reader.

This class will discuss three popular poetry forms–the sonnet, the pantoum, and the sestina–and will delve into some tips and tricks of working through (and with) their formal constraints to create possibility and surprise.

TAKE THIS CLASS IF: 

  • You’re curious about poetic forms.
  • You’re looking for ways to play again in your writing.
  • You’re looking to refresh your approach to form in your writing.
  • You’re a poet or prose writer curious how constraints can transform your writing.

The deadline to register for this class is Friday, April 5 at 5:00 PM CDT.

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

The WLT is committed to making our online classes accessible to all writers including writers who do not have the financial means to pay for programming. Five (5) seats in this class have been set aside for scholarship recipients to attend free of charge. Please fill out this application no later than 2 days prior to the class to be considered for one of the scholarship seats. We do not ask for any corroborating documents; we only ask that you help us understand your situation. If you are selected for one of the available seats you will be notified via email (from ) no later than 24 hours before the start of the class. Please note, each writer is limited to no more than four (4) total scholarship seats per catalog season.

Instructor

Dr. Taylor Byas, Ph.D. is a Black Chicago native currently living in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she is an Assistant Features Editor for The Rumpus, an Acquisitions Poetry Editor for Variant Literature, a member of the Beloit Poetry Journal Editorial Board, and a 2023-24 National Book Critics Emerging Fellow. She is the 1st place winner of the 2020 Poetry Super Highway, the 2020 Frontier Poetry Award for New Poets Contest, and the 2021 Adrienne Rich Poetry Prize. She is the author of the chapbook Bloodwarm from Variant Lit, a second chapbook, Shutter, from Madhouse Press, her debut full-length, I Done Clicked My Heels Three Times from Soft Skull Press, which won the 2023 Maya Angelou Book Award and is shortlisted for the 2023 Chicago Review of Books Award in Poetry, and her second full-length Resting Bitch Face, forthcoming in 2025. She is also a coeditor of The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol X: Alabama, published with Texas Review Press in November 2023, and Poemhood: Our Black Revival, a YA anthology forthcoming from HarperCollins.

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All credit card transactions will incur a 4% handling fee. If you’d prefer to pay by check for membership, a class, or an event, you can use the provided forms on the membership or event pages and mail to: WLT, P.O. Box 14355, Austin, TX, 78704.

HOW WLT CLASSES WORK:

Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven’t taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to email the WLT staff at wlt@writersleague.org if you’d like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.

HOW ONLINE CLASSES WORK:

Once you register for the class, you’ll receive an email with detailed instructions no later than 48 hours before the class date. You should expect 2-2.5 hours of direct teaching and 30 minutes of Q&A (for three hours total). If you need to leave the class early or can’t attend the class on that date, all registrants will have access to the recording for one month after the class date. No microphone or camera required, just an Internet connection capable of streaming video. All online classes are hosted on Zoom. To learn more about how Zoom works, click HERE. 

Plan to log in to the online platform an hour before the class so that you can update your software or any other settings required to access the platform. (Updates usually only take a few minutes, but you don’t want to wait until the beginning of class.) Questions? Email us at wlt@writersleague.org.

Cultural Arts City of Austin

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

Texas Commission on the Arts

Writers’ League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts – Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to www.arts.texas.gov.

National Endowment for the Arts

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Mid-America Arts Alliance

This project is supported in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more information, go to www.maaa.org.

Details

Date:
April 6 2024
Time:
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Cost:
$59.00 – $119.00
Event Categories:
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Venue

Online via Zoom