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THE LINE VS. THE SENTENCE: A Poetry Workshop - Saturday, June 24th

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Instructor: Bruce Guernsey
Date & Time: Saturday, June 24 | 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Location: The Gem, Bethel
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance (MWPA) Member $45 | Nonmember $100

Because the poet dictates line breaks—rather than the conventions of grammar as in prose—the poem has traditionally occupied a unique space on the page, one that can bewilder some readers. This workshop will explore the “when” and “why” of breaking a line.

To do so, participants will read examples of good and less-than-good line breaks from modern and contemporary poems. Through these examples, the class will explore the art of the line break, including the central question of “What is a line versus a sentence?,” the possible over-reliance on the sentence in much of contemporary poetry, and the overuse of the verb “to be.”

Participants will have the opportunity to examine and revise the line breaks in their own work.

+ BRING Please bring 13 copies of one poem, either your own or one that you admire, to the workshop. Poems may be up to one-page.

Space is limited to 12 participants, pre-registration required. 

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