SA Writes: Black Out and Concrete Poetry
1859 Kingston Road
This workshop will explore two methods of writing poetry. First, participants will be given sections of texts and led through exercises to create their own black out poems. This method allows a writer to choose from set language that already exists in a document; it is up to the writer to make new meaning from this pre-existing text. Next, participants will write concrete poems, sometimes referred to as calligrammes. Concrete poems have both poetical and visual elements. For these, we will brainstorm before writing. The benefit of this workshop is that all participants will leave with poems as well as methods to create new poems. Though handouts will be provided, participants are encouraged to bring a writing utensil and black marker.
ABOUT THE FACILITATORAshleigh Allen is a writer and educator. She has a MFA from The New School in New York City, where her critical thesis was on early 20th century French poetry. Her poems have been published in journals across North America. She earned a MA in English Education from Columbia University in New York City; her focus was on (and continues to be) equity in education. Born and raised in Scarborough, she currently teaches a variety of writing classes at Seneca College and Sheridan College in the GTA. Ashleigh specializes in the teaching of creative writing.
This workshop is part of Scarborough Arts' SA Suite of Programs — Fall 2017. For more workshops like this, visit http://bit.ly/SASuite-F17.