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Hitting A New Note: Musical Forms for Poetry Writing

Pay what you can ($50 – $250)

Hitting A New Note: Musical Forms for Poetry Writing

This winter ACW is offering a series of asynchronous, online writing courses, and we're kicking it off with this one-of-a-kind poetry class: Hitting a New Note: Musical Forms for Poetry Writing with poet, editor, and author of seven books, Alina Stefansecu. Register today before the class fills up - or gift a spot in the class to a friend or family member! 

  • Monday, Jan 17 – Sunday, Feb 13 (5 weeks)
  • Pay what you can ($50 – $250)
  • Asynchronous class with no required live sessions for class participation
  • Register here today  

This class uses music theory and poetic forms as an entryway into poetry writing. Fugues, sonatas, ballads, blues stanzas, the bop—all human history gives us an active dialogue between music and poetic forms. By studying both poetry and music, participants will create at least 8 new poems and share work with the instructor and each other for feedback. Students will borrow compositional techniques to write poems that inhabit soundscapes, including explorations of polyphonics, voicing, and “scoring silence.” Readings and listenings will include Tomas Transtromer, Afaa Michael Weaver, Kevin Young, Taije Silverman, William Heyen, Ellen Bryan Voight, John Cage, J. S. Bach, and others. This 5-week class is perfect for both beginning poets and seasoned writers looking to discover a fresh approach to their craft.

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