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A DISTANT CHILDHOOD WONDERLAND: A POETRY WORKSHOP
Apr
8
3:00 PM15:00

A DISTANT CHILDHOOD WONDERLAND: A POETRY WORKSHOP

Poetry Workshops at Write CY

This poetry workshop led by poet Evdokia Charalampous will guide our writing towards a detached exploration of memory. Using the work of contemporary poets like Jana Prikryl and Jennifer L. Knox as examples, we’ll see how to make our poetry emotionally direct rather than sentimental and why an emotional detachment on the part of the poet can facilitate the delivery of more evocative expression. 

Specifically, we'll be looking at: what makes poetry different from other types of writing and what poetry can express better; why memory is an important creative device; why it’s important for poets to keep a distance from their writing and how that distance can be achieved, and in what ways a poem is defined by its structure

This workshop is in English but participants can also write in Greek. The cost is €10. If you register but for any reason can't attend, please let us know at least 3 days before the event.


Evdokia Charalampous grew up in Athienou, Cyprus and completed her MA in Creative Writing at the University of Portsmouth. Her poems have been published in The Poetry Review, The London Magazine, and elsewhere. She has written reviews for art exhibitions, music and film for websites like Being Human, the official website for the British Festival of the Humanities. She also worked in Aspex gallery as an art workshop leader for preschool children and as a storytelling workshop leader for teens and pre-teens.

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THE LITERARY NATURALIST: HOW TO WRITE ABOUT NATURE
Nov
5
3:00 PM15:00

THE LITERARY NATURALIST: HOW TO WRITE ABOUT NATURE

INSTRUCTOR: LISA SUHAIR MAJAJ
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
COST: €40

Nature inspires, but the emotions it elicits often feel wordless. How do we respond in language to nature’s beauty, complexity, and power? This 3-hour workshop will consider tiny detail, sweeping metaphor, and the terrain between. Expect to write a poem or short prose piece by the end of the workshop.


Lisa Suhair Majaj has published poetry, creative non-fiction, and other writing widely in venues across the US, Europe and the Middle East. Her poetry volume GEOGRAPHIES OF LIGHT won the 2008 Del Sol Press Poetry Prize. Her writing has also been used in a variety of non-literary venues, from public (e.g. her poems will be part of the exhibit AFTERMATH: THE FALLOUT OF WAR—AMERICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST at the Harn Musuem of Art, University of Florida, August-December 2016) to private (an enthusiastic reader once tattooed a line from one of her poems on her arm).


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