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Sep 4, 2019
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CANCELLED: Facing the Blank Page
A Poetry Workshop with Sarah Galvin
Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 7:30PM
The Reading Room

This workshop series has been cancelled. All registrants have been refunded.


Seattle-based poet Sarah Galvin has lent her talent to Town Hall with an incredible commissioned piece of writing. Now she’s bringing her skills to Homecoming with a three-part series of workshops for local poets and writers of all experience levels. Identify moments of inspiration, draft poems, edit, and perform your own work live in front of a crowd! Sit in for a three-session class culminating in a voluntary public performance—discover your inspiration and take it to the stage!

In the first class, participants will focus on finding inspiration and accurate reflections of our inner lives. Engage with the experiences in our daily lives that reflect what is going on inside us, and learn how this can fuel our poetry. Discuss ways to identify and harvest these creatively inspiring moments, images, phrases, sounds, and sensations from the environment and use them in the writing process.

The second class delves into the editing process. Participants will discuss methods for creating momentum in poetry and making each poem as efficient as possible. Learn to conceptualize poetry as “exalted language,” just as fashion is the exalted or intentional wearing of clothing and music is exalted sound.

The third class addresses presenting poetry to the public. Learn how to submit poems for publication and performing poetry at readings. Find out what catches the eye of an editor when selecting poems or manuscripts for publication from a gigantic pile. Hear from Galvin on strategies for publicly reading our poems in a way that engages the listener and fits the subject matter and emotional tenor of the piece.

Sarah Galvin is the author of Ugly Time, The Three Einsteins and The Best Party of our Lives; contributor to The Guardian, Vice Magazine, The Stranger, and City Arts; and also a human bottle rocket.

Class size is limited to 30 participants. This workshop consists of three 90-minute sessions starting at 7:30PM on 9/4, 9/11, and 9/18, as well as a voluntary public reading of students’ work on 9/25 at 9PM. By signing up, you are committing to these three workshops, and may read your work if you choose on 9/25.


Presented by Town Hall Seattle.

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