WSC Free Verse Poetry Writing Workshop
Free Verse is the most publishable form of poetry published in today’s literary world. The beauty of Free Verse lies in the combination of influences functioning in your poetry alongside your original and authentic voice.
At this point in time, you should have an idea which styles and forms best suit you as a poet, or those that you feel comfortable using in your own poetry.
As creative writers, we usually write what we like to read. So, for instance, if you have a penchant for philosophy, most likely, you will write something in the tradition of Kahlil Gibran. In doing so, however, you need to originate your voice by selecting contexts and images from your own realm of experiences and influences. This in turn, will allow you to speak truly from your poetic voice.
This workshop will allow you to originate your voice with use of your previous influences (past units). Be bold and brave in this workshop. But, also stay true to your authentic self as you attempt to create work subconsciously that will read naturally, and not contrived, to your readership.
You will attempt in this unit to develop your own unique style of writing poetry. This does not necessarily mean that you will pick and choose what you think will work best in your poetry. The process of free verse must be organic in nature.
You will once again select abstractions to tackle with imagery.
However, you will determine which style of poetry best befits the content of your work. Your brand may be a hybrid of a number of influences, which is altogether fine and encouraged. Or, you may find, that your influences range outside the literary world. You may be interested in writing futuristic poetry, for example, or poems that read more like song lyrics.
Free Verse is the style of poetry which best befits the content of my work. My brand is more of a hybrid of a number of influences from the previously mentioned styles.
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