Poetry as Memoir: Exploring a Childhood Place

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What place from your childhood intrigues you? What place is meaningful in a way you don’t quite comprehend? In this poetry workshop, we’ll return to childhood places rich with sensory details and memories, places that still call to us and elicit our curiosity as to their significance. As we examine a variety of childhood place poems, we’ll talk about what we can learn from them. Some of our time will also be spent with writing exercises designed to help us revisit a childhood place, explore it through means of memory and imagination, and generate a rough draft. 


Who should take this class? Open to high school students and adults. Beginning poets are welcome, as well as advanced.


When is this class offered? This class is offered for one session on Saturday, April 13, 11:30-3 p.m. at MatchBOX Coworking Studio in Lafayette. The class costs $48. Please bring a sack lunch. There is no refund.


Who is the instructor? Shari Wagner was Indiana Poet Laureate for 2016 and 2017.  She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Indiana University and has taught writing in many settings, including high schools, universities, community centers, and retirement homes. She is the author of three books of poems: The Farm Wife’s Almanac (forthcoming, Spring 2019), The Harmonist at Nightfall: Poems of Indiana, and Evening Chore. She is also co-author with her father of Making the Rounds: Memoirs of a Small-Town Doctor and A Hundred Camels: A Mission Doctor’s Murder Trial and Sojourn in Somalia and editor of Returning: Stories from the Indianapolis Senior Center and Finding the Words: Stories and Poems of Women Veterans. Her poems or essays have appeared in The Writer’s Almanac, American Life in Poetry, North American Review, Shenandoah, The Christian Century, Black Warrior Review, and Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013. She lives in Westfield, Indiana, and currently teaches for the Indiana Writers Center and IUPUI’s Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Seminar. Visit her websites at www.throughthesycamores.com and www.shariwagnerpoet.com