Special Event at the Writers Place: From Paper to Publication

Special Event at the Writers Place: From Paper to Publication

writersplaceSpecial Event: Paper to Publication

Saturday, April 20, 10 AM – 10 PM

The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Kansas City, MO 64111

All-day workshops presented by regional literary editors Kwame Dawes, Prairie Schooner; Gabriel Fried, Persea Books; Ben Furnish, BkMk Press; Richard Newman, River Styx; Kathryn Nuernberger, Pleiades; and Robert Stewart, New Letters. The event will culminate in an evening Q&A panel discussion, with editors sharing their poetry as examples of the types of work they wish to receive and the reasons why. Those enrolling in both morning and afternoon workshops will receive a 10 percent discount.

Morning Sessions: 10 AM – Noon

The Political Poem, with Kwame Dawes, editor of Prairie Schooner   

We will focus on the political poem as a work of aesthetic power and legitimacy through a close examination of a range of exemplary poems that engage themes of power in human society. This workshop should appeal to writers, editors and scholars who seek to develop an approach to the reading of the political poem. $40 members; $30 members

Make It Weirder: Revising Poetry for Publication, with Kathyrn Nuernberger, editor of Pleiades

Make it new, make it fresh, cut the clichés – this is classic and helpful advice for writers who want to publish. But it’s not easy. During this workshop we’ll consider how surrealist techniques can add unexpected and delightful pops to a poem that will grab an editor’s attention. Writing exercises will help you bring new life to unpublished poems and jumpstart new, promising pieces. There will also be time to discuss how to find the right market for your finished work. $40 members; $30 members

Afternoon Sessions: 2 PM – 4 PM

Up Close & Personal: Making Confessional Poetry Work, with Gabriel Fried, editor of Persea Books    

As readers and listeners, we know that poems stumble in their use of an author’s autobiographical urgencies at least as often as they benefit from them, yet as writers many of us are drawn to portraying our own emotional lives in our writing. How do we do so artistically, even transcendently, avoiding the pitfalls of confessional poetry that we’ve probably all grimaced at in others? Looking at some exemplary contemporary poets, we’ll discuss how confessional poetry can still brim with the qualities of great art as we consider our own work. $40 members; $30 members

How to Publish Your Poem with Richard Newman, editor of River Styx

Learn how to find the best home for your work in literary magazines. Participants are asked to submit a poem and a sample cover letter two weeks in advance of the workshop (optional) for specific, tailored input. In addition to workshopping your poem, Newman will discuss how to improve a cover letter, how and where to submit your poems, and other publishing tips. $40 members; $30 members

Evening program: 6 PM – 8:30 PM

$5 members; $10 nonmembers; workshop participants and students with ID attend free

Reception: 6 PM – 7 PM

Q&A Panel: 7 PM – 8:30 PM