Fall 2019 Master Class with Writer-in-Residence Liz Abrams-Morley
Saturday, November 23rd, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.,
Go Ahead, Rant—But Make it Art: Turning the Topical, Political, and Contemporary into Stories, Poems, and Essays that will Outlive the Moment
Includes lunch in Cardinal Hall following the class.
Free for currently registered MFA students
You want to write about the here and now—the what is wrong with this country/ attitude/ philosophy/ people today/ world. You want to critique and comment, to say something important about your life/ these days/ the world/the environment. The question is this: how do you write in a way that distinguishes your writing from a polemic or keeps it from sounding like a personal journal entry?
How do you write about “these days” and your fears/ hopes for change in a way that outlasts the moment? How do you write in a way that goes beyond being merely topical and does not lose relevance as time passes?
In this workshop, Liz will introduce strategies for creating artful rants that stand the test of time, whether poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction. Participants will look at published examples in all genres, try out some of the strategies in response to prompts, and hopefully share some serious, if at times rueful, laughter while writing about this bizarre reality we call “now.”
Writer-in-Residence, Liz Abrams-Morley’s most recent poetry collection, Beholder, was published by Word Poetry, April, 2018. Inventory, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2014 and Necessary Turns was published by Word Poetry in 2010 and won an Eric Hoffer Award for Excellence in Small Press Publishing that year.
Her poems and short stories have been published in a variety of nationally distributed anthologies, journals and e-zines, and have been performed at InterAct Theatre and read on NPR. A former faculty member and visiting writer at Rosemont, Liz is co-founder of Around the Block Writers’ Collaborative .