Goodwin to lead “List and LItany” class in Juneau and Sitka this week

49 Writers is hosting a visit from poet Caroline Goodwin this week as part of its statewide outreach program. Goodwin, Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, will be leading a class called List and Litany in Juneau and Sitka, on Dec. 17 and Dec. 19, respectively.

The class is designed to help writers walk confidently into the metaphorical “blank page.” Participants will spend the first hour responding to a series of specific prompts. Next, they will read and begin to shape their writings, looking for any patterns that present themselves. In addition, participants will listen to Christopher Dewdney perform a section of “A Natural History of Southwestern Ontario” and a few poems that use listing effectively. The workshop will conclude with a reading and discussion of next steps in developing the writing. Every student will have the opportunity to send a piece of writing to the instructor via snail mail for a brief written response.

The Juneau class will run from 6-9 pm Thursday at Taku Graphics/Shorefast Editions (above Breeze Inn in Lemon Creek). In Sitka it will be offered from 9 am-noon Saturday at the Island Institute.

The fee is $45 for members and $55 for non-members.

Goodwin’s most recent book is “Peregrine,” a poetry collection published by Finishing Line Press.

For more information, visit http://www.49writingcenter.org/programs/juneau.php

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