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CURRENT WRITING CLASSES - 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO - CLICK ON PHOTO BELOW TO REGISTER ON LINE
THE LONESOME SESTINA WRITING CLASS - 6 WEEKS - ALBUQUERQUE - SPACE STILL AVAILABLE
Q. Who was the first sestina troubadour? Who is the man in the photo?
A. Arnaut Daniel
Writing sestinas can be lonely.
Join Arnaut, Jules and other poets in the pursuit of the lonesome sestina.
We will have lots of fun exploring the origins of the sestina, write our own sestinas and try variations on the sestina. Lots of published examples and your chance to be a sestina troubadour!
CLASS TESTIMONIALS - WATCH FOR FUTURE CLASSES LATER IN 2013
I love that your formal name is like the name of a female friend or relative (I cannot imagine writing to anyone named Ode, Sonnet, or even Villanelle). You have been with me these six weeks, and allowed me to spend time with you, bringing a new energy to my writing. I cannot say it will create a lasting change--that remains to be seen--but I have a new appreciation for your form. I like the look of you, the math of you, the length, width, depth, and the path of you. Silliness aside, you have taught me that my rants can be honed into poetry, and that an idea worth having also bears repeating.
Your sister in poetry,
p.s. and I love it that you'll always be 39.
Your ancient form, your quirky structure and your playfulness, has taught me not to take myself so seriously. You have shown me that words in and of themselves, can lead to words outside of themselves, to ideas that would not have blossomed had your six-stanza form, your teleutons and your eclectic jovial challenges, not forced me to banter words around until they exploded into concepts that were sparked deep in the recesses of my mind.
Thank you for surviving the ages,
You have opened a venue I never knew existed. I have always considered my writing to be emotional, yet shallow -- missing both balance and form. Well, I certainly have a frame. Balance is optional, I guess. The sweetest part is the focus of a topic, using the stanzas to divide decades, people, events, memories. Realizing these are mostly for me and still have some merit to be discussed with others.
WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 6:30 - 8:30 PM - MARCH 6 TO APRIL 10, 2013 - six weeks
Private home in northeast heights area of Albuquerque.
$125 for 6 weeks.
Credit card, paypal or check - CLICK ON PHOTO BELOW TO REGISTER ON LINE
Instructor: Jules Nyquist (who happened to do her graduate lecture on the sestina)
Questions? Call Jules at 505-252-9988 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ALBUQUERQUE CLASSES. CHECK THE 'POETRY PLAYHOUSE' WEBSITE ON FACEBOOK.
Classes also available on site in the Albuquerque or Santa Fe New Mexico area on a weekly basis. If you have a group visiting New Mexico these classes can be adapted to a week long or weekend format. Class format can also be adapted for a weekend retreat if it is outside the New Mexico area.
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I invite you to explore your creativity! You do not have to consider yourself a writer or artist to take these classes and retreats, although if you are, you will find solace with other artists and rejuvinate your creative process. If you are working in the corporate world or aspire to find that creative part inside you, this is a no-pressure, relaxing way to focus and find balance. I work with small groups in unique settings with plenty of individual attention. There is the occasional visiting writer as guest speaker to further your experience, along with recommended (but always optional) reading lists.
If you would like more information or to be added to my email list, please email your name, location, email and area of interest to Jules Nyquist at email@example.com.
Student testimonials - "Great brainstorming ideas. I came up with lists of things to write and I wrote a poem (and I'm not a poet). Handouts and good variety helped with idea generation." - Jenn - Food as Metaphor Class