Learn the secrets of writing natural-sounding meter and with pro tips to keep your writing on the beat, in a small, intensive workshop that will put you well on the way towards harnessing meter’s vast appeal to children.
Bring a children’s book in progress, of any kind, for any age group, or start your own children’s book from scratch during this small, intensive workshop. Learn the secrets of writing natural-sounding meter along with pro tips to keep your writing on the beat. Questions discussed will include which meters are best for which effects, and when it’s better not to sound too natural. You will develop your ear for rhythm while receiving feedback on the clarity, energy, and rhythmical accuracy of your work, putting you well on the way towards harnessing meter’s vast appeal to children.
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Financial need: Scholarship support or other arrangements may be available. Please get in touch and we will aim to work something out.
About the Instructor: Annie Finch is the author or editor of more than twenty books of poetry and poetics. Her books for poets and poetry lovers include A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry, Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters, An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art, and The Body of Poetry. Finch holds a BA from Yale and a Ph.D from Stanford, has taught and lectured widely, and has received the Robert Fitzgerald Prosody Award for her lifetime contribution to the art and craft of versification. Her poetry has been performed at Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, installed in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and published in Poetry, Paris Review, The New York Times, and The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry.