March 20th: The Narrative - Fantasy and Surrealism with Todd Dillard
Workshop to be held March 20th, 2021 at 1pm(EST) via Zoom.
This workshop will be an introductory lesson on different ways to write narrative poems that employ elements of fantasy or surrealism. We will discuss the benefits of using fantasy and strangeness in poetry, and then we will have an in-depth discussion on different examples of poems that use strangeness effectively. We will break down each poet’s approach, what they did to make their poem work, how they avoided common pitfalls when writing strangeness, and what we can learn when writing our own strange poems. We will then, using poem-inspired prompts, write our own strange poems using what we picked up from the discussion. By the end of this workshop, participants should have two or three early drafts of their own strange poems, as well as a broader understanding of how they can fold fantastical, surrealistic, or speculative elements into their narratives.
Todd Dillard’s poetry has appeared in numerous publications, including Strange Horizons, Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Fairy Tale Review, The Offing, Hobart, and The Adroit Journal. His debut collection of poetry Ways We Vanish was published in 2020 by Okay Donkey Press. He lives in Philadelphia, where he works as a writer for a pediatric teaching hospital.
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