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Saturday, October 29 • 9:30am - 10:30am
How Thinking Like a High Schooler Can Reinvigorate Your Writing Practice

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All writers have their habits and obsessions: those subjects, forms, and—especially—genres we circle back to again and again. Breaking out of those habits from time to time can be an opportunity to find new joy and energy in your writing practice. In this craft talk, I will share how teaching creative writing to (often reluctant) high school students pushed me to learn to write in genres outside my poetry background, rediscover play and low-stakes creativity, and hone the craft of my poems in unexpected ways. We will write—and draw—using specific prompts and exercises from my classes that I found fruitful in my own writing practice and discuss the ways that writing exercises that feel impossibly far from our wheelhouses can push us to see something new or find new modes of expression.  

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Sarah Beddow

Sarah Beddow is a poet, educator, wife, and mother. She is the author of Dispatches from Frontier Schools (Riot in Your Throat), a memoir-in-prose-poems, and the chapbook What's pink & shiny/what's dark and hard (Porkbelly Press). Her essays and poems have appeared in Bone Bouquet... Read More →

Saturday October 29, 2022 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
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