Composing Poems Through Generative Engines

02/10/2011 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Meets Thursdays, February 10 through April 7, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
(No class meeting on March 17)

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In this eight-week class, we’ll use a variety of “generative engines” to compose poems. Generative engines will include constraints and various challenges that will propel your writing forward into places you may or may not have anticipated it to go. You will focus on methods of composition that privilege investigation and discovery rather than inspiration to (re)focus your attention on various facets of language and to try out a variety of compositional strategies. For the purposes of the class, we will value play as an agent of creative production, which is to say, participants will not only write, but, ideally, have fun doing so! In addition to writing, we will read and discuss writing that uses generative engines, including poems by Sandy Florian, G.E. Patterson, Cathy Wagner, Christian Bök, and Sawako Nakayasu. Writers at any level of experience are welcome.

Click here to view a sample lesson plan online, or download a PDF below.


$200 + $10 course material fee
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