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Off Campus Writers' Workshop - OCWW

Sarah Stern - Discovering Your Poem's True Intention: Inspiration and Revision

  • December 07, 2023
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM


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When you begin working on a new poem, you often have an idea of what the poem will be about. But sometimes the poem rebels and moves in a completely different direction. When do you know when to follow the poem's mind or your own?

This workshop will look at contemporary poems that wrestle with this issue and others with a particular emphasis on the process of revision. You will then write your own poems or short prose with prompts. You'll have the opportunity to share your work and receive feedback. Beginning, emerging and seasoned poets and prose writers are welcome. This workshop is meant for all writers who wish to bring their writing to the next level.

Sarah Stern is the author of three poetry books—We Have Been Lucky in the Midst of MisfortuneBut Today Is Different,  and Another Word For Love.  She is a five-time winner of the Bronx Council on the Arts BRIO Poetry Award, a recipient of two Pushcart Prize nominations, and several Poets & Writers' Readings & Workshops Grants. Stern is an educator at Poets House and on the faculty of the New York Writers Workshop. She has taught poetry workshops at Poets House, the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, the New York Public Library, CSAIR Adult Learning Institute, Hostos Community College, the Bronx Zoo, Edgar Allan Poe Visitor Center, and privately. Stern is the founder of SDGS Solutions, a communications and marketing consultancy. She has worked at universities, cultural centers, and think tanks. She graduated from Barnard College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.


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