This workshop is taught in the tradition of renowned writer and teacher Norbert Blei (1935-2013) who passed the torch of his 40+ year writing class at The Clearing to long-time student Albert DeGenova. Albert will present the essence of Norb’s “beginner” class in a two-day workshop in Norb’s very own (and now famous) writing Coop at Write On, Door County. For burgeoning writers, this class will explore the major areas of creative writing: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. For experiences writers, this class will offer some insights into Norb Blei’s writing aesthetic, as well as offer writing prompts to spark your process. Journal writing, haiku, poetry and prose poems, short story writing, personal essay, blogs, the significance of poetic devices as the basis of all creative writing, and what “story” means in our lives will be discussed. In-class writing will anchor all the discussion. All that is required for this workshop is the urge and desire to write.
Albert DeGenova began his studies with Norbert Blei in 1996. He is a poet, writer, editor, and publisher. Albert is the author of five books of poetry, and for the past 30-plus years had worked as a journalist and marketing communications professional. In June of 2000, he launched the literary/arts journal After Hours, for which he continues as publisher and editor. In 2014, After Hours Press published The Professor’s Quarters, student perspectives on Norbert Blei and his class at The Clearing. Albert holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in writing and is an adjunct professor at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois. He is also a blues saxophonist and a one-time contributing editor to Down Beat magazine. Find out more at http://albertdegenova.outlawpoetry.com.
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