Sat., Nov. 13 | Zoom

Getting In Shape

How form shapes meaning in your poems.
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Getting In Shape

Time & Location

Nov. 13, 2021, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

About the Event

It’s no accident that we often speak of “a body of poetry” or  a “body of work”.  But what shapes that body?

Carrying the metaphor further, are the “skeletons” of your poems strong, moving, and articulate? 

Do they take you where you want to go?  And is that skeleton “fleshed out” with language that is powerful, expressive and evocative?

Like muscles, the language of poetry must both compress and expand meaning: 

It compresses through understatement, high-impact words and phrases, and choice of form -

(a haiku will not “feel” like a sonnet, and neither will feel like free verse).

It expands through careful choice of words, images, metaphors, and rhythms.

In this 2 ½ hour workshop, several quick writing exercises will generate ways:

• to go beyond cliches and develop “word-palettes” for your poems;

• to maximize “high impact” language and minimize “low-impact” language

• to recognize and adapt the qualities of several poetry forms (couplet, sonnet, tercet, pantoum etc) to your own poems.


• Please come with your favourite writing materials, prepared to write. Since there will be several quick sketchy exercises, pen and paper will likely work better than trying to get it all on your phone or IPad.

• Participants will receive a link to a google document so that they can access several handouts that will be referred to during the workshop.

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