Deplorable Mania: A Poetry Workshop (with Emily Wolahan)

Emily Wolahan

Emily Wolahan


Number of sessions: 4

Time: 6:30 pm -9:00 pm

Dates: Wednesdays, May 20, May 27, June 3, June 10.

Course fee: $260

“Deplorable mania, when something happens, to inquire what.” —Samuel Beckett

The act of inquiry is the beginning of our individual manias. As writers, we can be astounded, confused and awed by the world. We will bring our dementias, our obsessions and our thirsts into the workshop. Here, writing is brave and unapologetic. We will let ourselves be unlikeable within our own work.

Each workshop session will include reading a wide variety of contemporary American poems, further familiarizing ourselves with the contemporary poetry scene, as well as engaging in generative writing exercises and workshopping individual poems. Prose writers are very welcome to explore their poetic sides! This workshop also includes an optional 30-minute private conference with the instructor (to be scheduled individually).

Emily Wolahan is the author of HINGE (National Poetry Review Press, 2015). Her poetry has appeared in journals such as Gulf Coast, The The Poetry Blog, Omniverse, DIAGRAM, Boston Review, New Linear Perspectives and Drunken Boat. Her essays have appeared on NPM Daily, The New Inquiry, and Gulf Coast. She has taught creative writing at Columbia University, New Writing North, and 826 Valencia. In 2014, she completed a Vermont Studio Center residency. In 2012, she collaborated with artist Joshua Thomson on his multi-media project Platinum Metres. Editor and co-founder at JERRY Magazine, Wolahan lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children and teaches writing in the Bay area.

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