Writers Teaching Writers

Writing Workshops for 2017

 

2017 Workshops –
Unless noted, all workshops are at the Turkish House in Cary, NC.
email jacarpress@gmail.com for more information and to register.
$25 fee includes workshop, reading and Turkish feast.

 
Saturday November 4, 1-4pm  Metta Sama & Deborah Bogen

Borders :: Bodies :: Boundaries  – Metta Sama 

What is a border?  Who benefits from borders? What are the intersections between bodies (land water sky animal) and borders? What boundaries do we create (politically socially culturally) to protect our bodies? To preserve our borders? What are the risks of crossing borders? Of breaking boundaries? We will look at a variety of ways in which poets have breached boundaries in their writing, specifically the ways in which poets have stretched the borders of what and how political poems do politics in poetry.

Thinking Inside the Box – Deborah Bogen

What’s makes some texts prose poems? Why might you want to try writing some? We’ll look at the work of Charles Simic, Francis Ponge, Mary Jo Bang and others to think about this form – and learn real world techniques for generating prose poems of our own. We’ll practice revision strategies that move a block of words you feel compelled to write from just-a-paragraph to prose poem, focusing on the ways poetic material can benefit from the compression of the form. And we’ll probably eat cookies.

 

Poetry and the Environment
Saturday September 23, 1-4pm $25 
Includes workshop, reading and Turkish feast.
Barbara Edelman, Ellen McGrath Smith and Sharon McDermott

Awareness of the fragility and endangered status of the natural world may make us no less afraid of it. Whether our personal fears come from a healthy respect for nature’s power or from less logical, wilder imaginings, exploration of these responses can generate rich subject matter for poetry. Looking at the work of Seamus Heaney, Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, and Gerard Manley Hopkins, we’ll experiment with some of the possibilities, and discuss some of the pitfalls, of writing out of these fears.

 

Moving Forward
A Creative Workshop for Survivors of Sexual Assault
Saturday March 4, noon – 2pm. Free.
For this workshop email movingforwardworkshop@gmail.com
Location will be sent by workshop facilitator.

In this supportive and affirming workshop, women will engage in writing and movement activities, sharing and creating, as they look at what happened to themselves and others. Attendees will decide what level of participation is comfortable for them as we find ways to share, purge, heal and move forward. 

The workshop will be held in a comfortable, safe, wlecoming space. For more information, or to sign up -movingforwardworkshop@gmail.com

The workshop facilitator, a long-time theater professional, survived a less than white-picket-fence childhood, medical traumas, and rape. She has extensive experience using drama, writing and role-playing with survivors of physical and emotional trauma.

Saturday January 21  – 
SOLD OUT – The Sacred Ordinary Poem by Peter Makuck
Nourishing Ideas by James Applewhite

2016 Workshops

SOLD OUT  – Saturday Nov 19, Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs.   Writing Beyond Yourself: Persona Poems

Write what you know: This most common of writing advice can also be the most confining—but only when limited to your own personal experiences. Instead, this generative workshop will invite you to take on other lives and voices in your poems, to write from perspectives, time periods, and even genders not your own. Led by Nickole Brown, whose collection Fanny Says is based on the life of her maternal grandmother, and Jessica Jacobs, whose Pelvis with Distance pushes past the legend of Georgia O’Keeffe to find the woman beneath, will guide you through the process of imagination and research required to write a life outside your own.  

SOLD OUT! Saturday October 22, Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Dunn.  Master Class.

Saturday Sept 10,  John Hoppenthaler will present a workshop on Travel Writing. Whether driving across town or flying to Timbuktu, travel writing is complicated as it is tied to questions of morality. Writing about where we travel is a learning experience: a means of testing and then revising, the traveler’s expectations.

Saturday June 25, 1-4pm Cooking with Poetry.  Master chef Deniz Ender will guide participants through preparing, and eating, 3 dishes.  Award-winning poets Deborah Kaufman and Stephanie Levin will guide participants through writing 3 poems that correspond in some way with those dishes.

SOLD OUT – Saturday, February 20, Alan Shapiro Master Class.
SOLD OUT – Sunday, January 17, Shadab Zeest Hasmi, Master Class in Middle Eastern Forms

 

Short Online Courses Designed for Your Needs

Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction

You may not have the time, interest, money, or need to enroll in a university writing class. But you may need something more in-depth than a community writing class or a one-time workshop. Need a flexible schedule? A class adaptable to your specific work? Your budget? The Jacar Press Short Online Courses give you the opportunity to work one-on-one with an experienced writer, teacher, and editor who can offer advice on how to move forward in a way that will give you the best chance at producing publishable writing.

Whether you’re working on a series of poems or short stories, trying to jump-start or revise a novel, or wading through a memoir, Jacar Press can co-design with you a 4-session online workshop that will suit your needs.  Often, direct meetings with your writing instructor can be included as part of the coursework.

How does this work? Contact us. Tell us what you’d like to work on. Send a sample, if you have one. We will match you with a writer best suited to address your needs, who will then contact you to set up a schedule. We have published a lot of experienced writer-teachers and are confident we can match you with someone who will help you.

It’s that simple.

All classes are 4 sessions long and cost $150.

Payment can be made by check or money order payable to Jacar Press.  Address and links on our Contact page.

2015 Workshops

SOLD OUT – Saturday November 21, 1-4pm at the Turkish House in Cary, NC

Andrea Young – Poets in Dialogue with the World

This class will look at various strategies for how the individual lyric responds to events beyond the personal. We will look at such issues as how the personal intersects with the political, how the proximity of the speaker to event affects the telling, how the use of mitigating media is used to question objectivity, and the difficulties of the concept of the poet-as-witness. We will explore a range of responses, from the tangential to the direct address of topic, by looking in-depth at a variety of approaches in poems by established writers, and we will begin to employ some of these strategies in our own work. 

Terry Kennedy –  The Prose Poem: Hybrid Genre or Structural Choice?

In this workshop, we’ll discuss the defining characteristics of that once nebulous, but now readily practiced, form: the prose poem. To aid in our understanding of the practice we’ll examine some published pieces in early and final drafts and, time permitting, do a round-robin exercise designed to highlight the strengths and possibilities of your own prose poems.

SOLD OUT – Saturday September 26, 1-4pm at the Turkish House in Cary, NC

Betty Adcock and Noel Crook, Process and Revision

SOLD OUT – Saturday February 7, 1-4pm at the Turkish House in Cary, NC

Michael White, The Edgy Poem and Charmaine Cadeau, Breathing Room

 

2014 Workshops

SOLD OUT – Saturday November 14, Jaki SheltonGreen and AlMaginnes, 1-4 at the Turkish House, Cary.

Inner and Outer Landscapes – Jaki Shelton Green

When looking out at the world, where does your attention gather…where do you tend to look without seeing, and where do you allow your attention to focus mindfully as if you have never seen it before? We’ll explore ways to find the interior landscape that matches with the external world you witness. Participants will be asked to bring in images around various themes.

The Ancient Art of Weaving: Finding the Poem by Changing the Subject – Al Maginnes

Sometimes after the initial burst that sets the poem moving, we run out of things to say This usually happens because the writer feels shackled to the idea that started the poem. Richard Hugo suggests that writers change the subject of the poem when they feel themselves getting stalled. This often opens the poem up to new possibilities and lets the real subject of the poem come forth.
In this workshop we will look at some poems that successfully employ these techniques. Then we’ll examine our own poems that have stalled and explore ways to help our poems light out for new territory. 

SOLD OUT -NEW WORKSHOPS – August  23 Stuart Dischell   October 11 Traci Brimhall

We are thrilled to host Stuart Dischell for a 3 hour Poetry Master Class on Saturday August 23 from 1-4 at the Turkish House in Cary.  Dischell’s 4 full-length collections have been published by Viking Penguin, with individual poems appearing in The Atlantic, The New Republic, Slate, Kenyon Review, Pushcart Prize and elsewhere.  He is Distinguished Professor in the MFA program at UNC-Greensboro.
 
This will be a rare opportunity to take an in-depth workshop with a master writer and teacher.  Seating is limited.  $25 includes the workshop and free Turkish food and wine. A reading by Dischell will follow the workshop.
 
Also, we are bringing Traci Brimhall down for a 3-hour workshop on Tuning Your Tension, Saturday October 11, 1-4pm. Her last collection, Our Lady of the Ruins(w.w.Norton) was selected by Carolyn Forche for the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize.Her poems appear in The New Yorker, North American Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and in Best American Poetry 2013 & 2014.  Her workshop will cost $50, $30 if you have attended other workshops of ours.As always the price includes coffee, tea, wine and Turkish  food.   Seating is limited. Sign up by using the form on the Contact Page.
 
Tuning Your Tension
Every writer has their strengths, but we often tend to over-rely on what we already know we do well. In the “Tuning Your Tension” workshop we will focus more on how to create a balance of tension in poems. We will look at poems that model a balance of tension between clarity and wilderness, narrative and line break, emotion and intellect. We will then use exercises to generate new work that tries to balance our inherent strengths by employing vocabulary, syntax, and tonal choices we normally shy away from. If you have a natural gift for image and metaphor, what happens when you incorporate philosophy or meditation? If you tend to write simple, declarative sentences, how would your work change if you wrote a poem in a single, long, winding sentence and focused on the musicality of language rather than clarity? That’s what we’ll explore in this workshop.

 

SOLD OUT -REGENERATION: A NEW YEAR’S POETRY WORKSHOP

Rachel Richardson and Rebecca Black

Saturday, January 18, 2014, 1-4pm, The Turkish House, Cary, NC $25 

Saturday January 18, 1-4pm, at the Turkish House in Cary
To reserve a spot – jacarpress@gmail.com

In this writing-intensive workshop, Rachel Richardson and Rebecca Black will each teach one 90 minute workshop, back to back, focusing first on different ways to generate new material and then on ways to reinvigorate problematic older material.

Rachel Richardson’s first book, Copperhead, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press. She has taught in numerous prisons and universities around the country, and is currently the Kenan Visiting Writer at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford University. She writes for The Poetry Foundation and Kenyon Review Online, and her poems have appeared recently in the New England Review, Texas Review, Slate, and elsewhere.

In 2011, Rebecca Black was a Fulbright professor at the Seamus Heaney Center for Poetry in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her first book, Cottonlandia (UMass Press) won a Juniper Prize. A former Wallace Stegner and NEA fellow, she is an assistant professor at UNC Greensboro. Recently, her poem “Perpetua Holdings Inc,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the New England Review; other poems can also be found in Poetry, Poetry Daily, Virginia Quarterly Review, Blackbird, Shenandoah, Conjunctions, and other journals.

A reading by Ms. Richardson and Ms. Black will follow the workshop.

To sign up, fill out the request form on our Contact page.

 

Writing Workshops for 2013

We will be offering writing workshops in 2013 for those who can make it to the Triangle area of North Carolina.  These workshops will offer participants opportunities to improve their writing, and also network with writers from out of state.

Sunday, November 17, Craft Seminar and Poetry Intensive, Tom Lombardo and Cynthia Atkins

1-5pm, The Turkish House, Cary. $25 Cost includes Turkish food and drink.The reading at 4:30 by Tom and Cynthia  is open to the public.  Part of the proceeds from this workshop will go to support the Nazim Hikmet Festival.

This is close to sold out.  Email from the Contact page to check availability.

CRAFT SEMINAR – Figurative language, revision, and publication.

Tom Lombardo is the editor of “After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events”, and the author of the collection, “What Bends Us Blue.” His poems have appeared in Southern Poetry Review, Subtropics, New York Quarterly, Atlanta Review, etc. His nonfiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize,. He runs the Poetry of Recovery blog www.poetryofrecovery.blogspot.com. He earned an M.F.A. from Queens University of Charlotte. Tom is the Poetry Editor for Press 53.

WRITING INTO THE ZONE – EXOTIC FRUITS OF NATURE & NURTURE

Writers will be focusing and employing the principles of craft, style, rhythm, form, subject matter, symbolism, imagery and metaphor. The writing will be fueled by landscapes and backdrops that generate the psyche ‘thinking’ about how we are informed by both the interior and exterior worlds. Peers will critically evaluate and interpret the works of fellow workshop members.

Cynthia Atkins is tha author of “Psyche’s Weathers” and “In The Event of Full Disclosure.” Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals, including: Alaska Quarterly Review, BOMB, Cold Mountain Review, Del Sol Review, Harpur Palate, The Journal, North American Review, Sou’wester, Valparaiso Review and Verse Daily. Atkins’ has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is currently an assistant professor of English at Virginia Western Community College. Formerly, Atkins worked as assistant director for the Poetry Society of America.

Saturday, Sept.  28  Encounter and Point of View in Creative Non-Fiction, Elaine Neil Orr.

1-5pm, The Turkish House, Cary. $25 Cost includes Turkish food and drink.The reading at 4:30 by Elaine is open to the public.  Part of the proceeds from this workshop will go to support the Nazim Hikmet Festival.

We often think of memoir and creative non-fiction as personal narrative.  But what if we consider it an “encounter” genre.  What can happen when we bring intention to this as we compose,  revise, and refine?  In this 2-hour workshop, we will intentionally write about an encounter – with another side of ourselves, with a photograph from the past, an object, a river, a person, an animal. However you wish to define ‘encounter’.

We will work through a series of exercises that allow you to explore your encounter on the page, and we will write from the point of view of the other subject, too.  This will allow you to explore the possibility that there are actually two encounters suggested by your drafts so that you will have  the option of creating a braided essay with two narrative threads.

Elaine Neil Orr is the author of A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa (Berkley/Penguin, 2013) and a memoir, Gods of Noonday: A White Girl’s African Life (UVa.P, 2003, a Book Sense Top-20 Selection). She was born and grew up in Nigeria. She publishes regularly in such journals as Image, Shenandoah, South Writ Large, Blackbird, and The Missouri Review, and her work has been widely anthologized. Her memoirs and stories have been nominated for the Pushcart; she has won grants from the NEH and the North Carolina Arts Council, and she is a frequent fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Plus, a Short –

Flash Fiction – A Rapid History and Quick Writes.
After a brief overview of the history of Flash/Sudden/Micro/Whatever Fiction, from Aesop through Jesus to the hey-day of Sudden Fiction in the 1970s, when our finest writers were composing extremely short stories, we will all attempt several specific styles of short fiction. Fast-paced and fun.

Richard Krawiec, author of 2 novels, a story collection, and 2 books of poetry, has been reading, studying, teaching and publishing very short stories for over 3 decades. His work has appeared in Shenandoah, sou’wester, Witness, Cream City Review, Florida Review, The Quarterly, etc. He has won grants from the NEA, NC Arts Council, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Sign up by emailing us from the Contact page.

Saturday, August 24 Poetry Workshop, Dorianne Laux and Joesph Millar.  1-5pm, The Turkish House, Cary. $50 Cost includes Turkish food and drink.The reading at 4:30 by Dorianne and Joe is open to the public.  Part of the proceeds from this workshop will go to support the Nazim Hikmet Festival.

This is a rare opportunity to  learn from 2 of our finest poets and teachers at an affordable price.  Seating is limited.  Sign up by emailing us from the Contact page.  If the workshop isn’t full, we will send you information about payment.

 

Saturday, March 16 Poetry Workshops, Keith Flynn and Jeff Hardin.  1-5pm, The Turkish House, Cary. $25. Followed by a public reading at 5pm. Cost includes Turkish food and drink.

Master Class – Keith Flynn
This class will focus on the elements that make poetry the last passable wilderness for language, with a variety of strategies and exercises that will make your poetry more muscular and rhythmic, breaking down each sentence to its most powerful components, without surrendering the mystery of its ideas. Each participant should bring two poems to be discussed, along with 20 copies of each poem to share with the group. Any poems deemed exemplary will be considered for publication in The Asheville Poetry Review.  

Flynn, editor of The Asheville Poetry Review, is the author of 5 poetry collections, most recently Colony Collapse Disorder. His poems appear in the Carolina Quarterly, Crazyhorse, Colorado Review, and hundreds of other magazines.  Called “an American Rimbaud”, Keith  is the lead singer for Keith Flynn and the Holy Men

Strategies for Generating and Controlling Poems – Jeff Hardin

What if you had, on hand, multiple strategies for producing poems, each one a different “kind” of poem, controlled and developed differently?  Poet Jeff Hardin, author of Fall Sanctuary and Notes for a Praise Book, will present an overview of 14 strategies and  focus more closely on one or two.

Jeff  is a highly accomplished and  experienced poet and teacher.  He numbers among his fans National Book Award Winner Alan, Shapiro, Pulitzer Prize Winner Claudia Emerson, and Toi Derricotte.  His work appears in Southern Review, North American Review, Ploughshares, Southern Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest, The Hudson Review and elsewhere.

To reserve a spot email jacarpress@gmail.com  You can easily do this by filling out the form on our Contact page and hitting the ‘submit’ link.

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Rewriting for Publication with the Editors –  Feb 16, 1-5, the Turkish House, 303 E. Durham Rd. Suite F  Cary, North Carolina 27513. Followed by a reading at 5-6.

Fiction and Poetry editors from The Little Patuxent Review will travel down from the Baltimore/D.C. area to offer workshops in revising poems and stories for publication.  PLUS all attendees will have the opportunity to hand submit poems and stories to the editors and get immediate feedback.  At the conclusion of the workshop, there will be a reading by workshop leaders and participants at 5.  This will be open to the public.  Free Turkish appetizers and wine will be available at the reading for those who take the workshop.

$25. To reserve a spot email . Or call  919-810-2863.

Vision and Revision in Prose – Jan 5, 10-4, the Turkish House, 303 E. Durham Rd. Suite F  Cary, North Carolina 27513

Whether you’re working on a memoir or a novel, a blog or an essay, an article or a short story, this writing-intensive workshop will explore techniques that will strengthen your prose.  Adapted from the Write Your Life course that has sold out in Chapel Hill for 9 years straight via word of mouth, the workshop will cover a range of topics, including generating and developing themes and plots, time compression and expansion, narrative summary vs. dramatic scene, weaving together exposition, action, dialogue and description, transitions, and revision strategies.  Bring pen and notebook and, if you have it, 5-10 pages of something you’re working on.   Lunch is included(vegetarian option), as well as a copy of Voices From Home, a 376 page anthology featuring non-fiction and fiction from, among others, Allan Gurganus, Fred Chappell, Elizabeth Spencer, Lee Smith, Trudier Harris and several dozen others.   $70.To reserve a spot email.  919-810-2863.

Part of the proceeds from this workshop will go to support the Nazim Hikmet Festival.

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A Gathering of Poets

For the 3rd year in a row, Jacar Press has partnered with Press 53 to sponsor a day of workshops and fellowship. The quality of poets participating as well as teaching , and the friendliness of everyone involved, has made this a ‘must attend’ event the first Saturday every April.  It fills up quickly, so if you’re interested, here’s the link http://www.press53.com/GatheringofPoets.html
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Short Online Courses Designed for Your Needs

Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction

You may not have the time, interest, money, or need to enroll in a university writing class. But you may need something more in-depth than a community writing class, or a one-time workshop. Need a flexible schedule? A class adaptable to your specific work? Your budget? The Jacar Press Short Online Courses give you the opportunity to work one-on-one with an experienced writer, teacher, and editor who can offer advice on how to move forward in a way that will give you the best chance at producing publishable writing.

Whether you’re working on a series of poems or short stories, trying to jump start or revise a novel, or wading through a memoir, Jacar Press can co-design with you a 4-session online workshop that will suit your needs.  Often, direct meetings with your writing instructor can be included as part of the coursework.

How does this work? Contact us. Tell us what you’d like to work on. Send a sample, if you have one. We will match you with a writer best suited to address your needs, who will then contact you to set up a schedule. We have published a lot of experienced writer-teachers and are confident we can match you with someone who will help you.

It’s that simple.

All classes are 4 sessions long and cost $150.

Payment can be made by check or money order payable to Jacar Press.
Jacar Press, c/o Richard Krawiec
6617 Deerview Trail
Durham, NC 27712

You may also use paypal to make the payment for a class.





The Publisher

Richard Krawiec

Richard Krawiecis the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from UNC-Chapel Hill Friday Center, for the Beginning and Intermediate Fiction Writing classes which he designed and teaches.

His first novel, Time Sharing, was published by Viking Penguin. It was reviewed by such luminaries as Michiko Kakutani, Richard Eder, and Jonathon Yardley. Among the many accolades the book received, it was featured in Publisher’s Weekly Recommended List, and the Village Voice Real Life Rock Top Ten column. Multiple film options have been sold through the years.

His second novel, Faith in What?, was published by Avisson Press. It received good reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus and major daily newspapers throughout the US, as did his short story collection, And Fools of God. His short stories appear in dozens of literary magazines and have been nominated and short-listed for the Best American Short Stories.

His second book of poetry She Hands me the Razor, was one of only 17 poetry books chosen as a SIBA finalist.  His first poetry book, Breakdown was a finalist for a minor award. His work has been praised by, among others, two former N.C. Poet Laureates, Fred Chappell and Kathryn Stripling Byer.

Krawiec has published feature articles that have won regional and national awards, as well as essays, opinion pieces and reviews for magazines and newspapers, including Scientific American and USA Today. His 4 published plays have been produced throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is the author of two young adult biographies, Sudden Champion: The Sarah Hughes Story, and Yao Ming: Gentle Giant. The latter was awarded one of the 40 Best Books of the Year by the Pennsylvania Librarians Association.  He works extensively as an editor and ghost writer. He has three decades of experience as an editor and teacher.

His poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction appear in many publications, including Shendandoah, sou’wester, The Florida Review, Witness, Connotation, Cream City Review,  NC Literary Review, 2River View, West Branch, Artful Dodge, Blue Fifth Review and elsewhere. His feature articles, essays, profiles, and reviews appear in many newspapers and magazines.  He has won national and regional awards for his non-fiction. He has also won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council(twice), and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

For more information, visit  rkeditor.com