Tell It Slant: Using Poetry to Tell Your Story
February 24 – March 29, 2020
Nurture and explore your unique voice and perspective in this exploratory online poetry workshop. In six weeks, you will share your stories in a variety of poetic forms that will bring you to new clarity and purpose in your writing.
As Emily Dickinson said, “Tell the truth but tell it slant,” and so you will by exploring craft, narrative, and the world around, diving into language, image, and your experiences to reflect yourself and your life.
All poets, emerging and seasoned, who want to grow their acumen in writing craft and see themselves through a new lens are welcome.
The weekly lecture format, readings, and exercises provides the opportunity for learning and growth, personalized attention from the instructor, and 24/7 access to the conversation and content will make this course a valuable – and productive- part of your daily life.
Who Should Take this Workshop?
This intimate online workshop is for all poets who, as Emily Dickinson said, “tell all the truth but tell it slant.” You may write poetry for your own eyes simply because you love it. You may have published your poetry in journals or read it aloud to others.
Regardless of what you do with your work, your motivation and desire for writing it comes from one place: you love words, you love the condensed idea that makes you feel, think, and be challenged to go somewhere new in yourself.
What Will I Gain from this Workshop?
Your stories are worth telling. Everything you have to say enriches your experience of the world. By using poetry to tell your stories, you share your humanity with others. Through craft and narrative, you will be guided to new ways to bring your work- and your world- into poetry.
In six weeks of connecting with other poets of all levels and interests, reading contemporary poets, and writing your own work to inspire and respond, you will spark new voice in yourself and new ways of thinking.
How Is this Workshop Different?
The workshop is intimately sized so every poet has ample opportunity to receive personalized attention from the instructor and engage one another. The specific feedback you will get on your developing work will serve as a guide as you revise it for sharing with others and publication. All of the poets will be celebrated for their diverse perspectives and voices, and encouraged to further their writing in order to continue to embrace their natural views and selves in their work. The online format makes the workshop part of your daily life, something that becomes part of your writing practice and everyday activity, making it an effective and highly productive experience.
How the Online Workshop Works
- After enrolling, you will receive an email with some information about your workshop. A few days before the workshop is to begin, you will receive your username and log in information for our secure online classroom.
- Once the course begins, you will have unlimited access to your secure online classroom. Log in any time to enjoy ongoing conversation, post work and feedback, and download materials from the instructor and fellow students 24/7.
- The class takes place according to a weekly structure: each Monday, the instructor posts lecture and conversation notes, readings, and other pertinent information. You can take the full week to engage with the materials and enjoy the ongoing connection and chat any time.
- Live meeting with the instructor: at the conclusion of the class, Teresa will hold a fifteen-minute one-on-one call with each participant to help you plan for the next steps in your own work, whether that includes drafting, revision, publishing, or preparing a manuscript.
Teresa Dzieglewicz is an educator, Pushcart Prize-winning poet, and a co-director of the Mní Wičhóni Nakíčižiŋ Owáyawa (Defenders of the Water School) at Standing Rock Reservation. She received her MFA from Southern Illinois University, where she received the Academy of American Poets Prize. She is the winner of the 2018 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize and she has received fellowships from New Harmony Writer’s Workshop, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, and the NY Mills Arts Retreat. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in the Pushcart Prize XLII, Best New Poets 2018, Beloit Poetry Journal, Ninth Letter, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere.