Date & Time 
Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Event Location 
Delphine Lounge
Event Description 


In poetry, the mystery of the soul, the mystery of the outer world and the mystery
of pure language encounter each other. When we start a poem, it is often without a 
clue where we will go and where we will end up. How do we trust the process of 
writing poetry in such a way that we can proceed through early drafts, knowing that
the process may not deliver anything in a single sitting? How should we trust the 
poem to open rather than close for a reader who may want an encounter with the 
mysterious, or who may want a straight-forward rendering of a single subject? How
do we represent feeling—intense and interesting—in such a way that the feeling 
is not betrayed? We will open some of these questions by looking at examples of 
poems that proceed from sound, image, complex idea or situation, including work by 
Dickinson, Duncan, Guest, Roberson and Celan. Participants should come with an 
open mind toward different aesthetic traditions. In this one-day workshop, we will 
(1) discuss poems in the morning; (2) talk about courage techniques—entering the 
composition process with openness; (3) generate notes drafts in the early afternoon; 
and (4) share what we have written in a way that might lead to other writing after the 
workshop. We will discuss the different kinds of meaning a poet can deliver, through 
form and original language.

Only 12 seats available

brenda hillman

Cost: sliding scale donation to "MFA Scholarship Fund" at $150-$500

Payment can be made by check or money order made out to Saint Mary's College of California and mailed to:

MFA Program, Creative Writing
Saint Mary's College of California
P.O. Box 4686
Moraga, CA 94575

*In the memo field of your check please enter "MFA SCHOLARSHIP"

Credit card payments are also accepted:

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Schedule for the Day:

  • Two hour morning seminar (10:00-12:30)
  • Lunch break (included with donation to register) and one hour free-write (12:30-2:00)
  • Two hour workshop  (2:00-4:00)

Saint Mary's Brenda Hillman Wins Northern California Book Award for Poetry

Event Contact 

To reserve your space please contact:

Sara Mumolo

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