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ONLINE: The Craft of Writing Series: Poetry with Kimberly Blaeser and Sean Hill

November 5, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


The Craft of Writing Series is a three-week program that takes place virtually the first through third Thursdays of each month. Each month focuses on a different genre or form of writing.

Thursday, November 5: Author Conversation

Join acclaimed poets Kimberly Blaeser and Sean Hill for a conversation on the craft of writing poetry.

Thursday, November 12: Poetry of Place in a Pandemic World with Kimberly Blaeser

In our sheltering during the coronavirus, place has taken on greater significance. This workshop looks at the character of places, public and private, and how we as poets might represent their changing dynamics. Whether writing of distance and absence, of sites of resistance, or more intimately of nature or family spaces, the subjects and methods or our poetry involve new challenges. This workshop will use prompts and exercises to encourage a deeper gathering of materials for writing place and will offer comments on and illustrations of significant craft elements.

Thursday, November 19:The World is Yours: Strategies & Techniques of Research-based Poetry Writing with Sean Hill

This workshop will focus on research strategies and methods for incorporating research into poets used by published poets. In his essay “The Art of Creative Research” Philip Gerard writes “It is based on our fascination with mystery, in the broadest possible sense: that which is hidden from us, the answer we crave to know in order to make sense out of our world.” Hill will focus his workshop primarily on poetry that utilizes historical research to discuss research and writing methods useful to poets and creative writers of all genres.

The cost for this three-week program is $150.00. Write On members receive a 10% discount. To become a member, please click here. To register online for this program, please click the button below. For other registration options, please call 920.868.1457.

Please note: registration for this workshop closes November 4th. To register after the 4th, please call 920.868.1457. Registrants will receive the information to join by Zoom 2-3 days prior to the first session.


Kimberly Blaeser, past Wisconsin Poet Laureate, is the author of four poetry collections—most recently Copper Yearning and Apprenticed to Justice; and editor of Traces in BloodBone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry. A bi-lingual collection, Résister en dansee/Dancing Resistance, is forthcoming in France in 2020. An Anishinaabe activist and environmentalist from White Earth Reservation, Blaeser is a Professor at UW—Milwaukee and MFA faculty member at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. Her awards include: Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award for Copper Yearning, Zona Gale Short Fiction Award, Diane Decorah First Book Award for Trailing You, Woodland Indian Arts Initiative Grant, Fellowship in Poetry from Wisconsin Arts Board, and Drama of the Year Award from Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas. Blaeser lives in Lyons Township, Wisconsin and, for part of each year, at a water-access cabin adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.




Born and raised in Milledgeville, Georgia, Sean Hill is the author of Dangerous Goods, awarded the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry, (Milkweed Editions, 2014) and Blood Ties & Brown Liquor, named one of the Ten Books All Georgians Should Read in 2015 by the Georgia Center for the Book, (UGA Press, 2008). He’s received numerous awards including fellowships from Cave Canem, the Region 2 Arts Council, the Bush Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, The Jerome Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, the University of Wisconsin, a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, and a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Hill’s poems have appeared in Callaloo, Harvard Review, The Oxford American, Poetry, Tin House, and numerous other journals, and in over a dozen anthologies including Black Nature and Villanelles. He is a consulting editor at Broadsided Press, a monthly broadside publisher. Hill has also served as the director of the Minnesota Northwoods Writers at Bemidji State University since 2012.



November 5, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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