Need a boost to your creative life? Do you want to harness the power we all have as creative beings through the learned skill of creative writing? Think it’s impossible? Don’t doubt it. You have something to say and can say it beautifully with knowledge, experience, and practice.
Teaching Artist and Poet Clare Martin will lead a six-week course that offers inspiration and instruction, time to write, and professional guidance as a practiced poet and editor whose considered feedback is an integral part of this course.
Each week, Clare will present her own original “experiments” --prompts and challenges that lead to creative breakthroughs and deeper, more effective creative writing. Each week’s session will explore a different theme for focus and inspiration.
The course will culminate with a public reading by participants on the stage at Teche Center for the Arts.
• April 3— A Blank Page is Freedom
• April 10— Memory as Muse
• April 17— What Dreams Can Inspire
• April 24— For the Love of Nature
• May 8—Visual Art as Inspiration (Ekphrastic Writing)
• May 15—6 p.m. Rehearsal / Reading at 7 p.m. TCA theater (Community, friends and family welcome).
Participants will build “writing muscles,” and emerge from the course sharper writers. Continued writing outside of the course is highly recommended.
Suggested reading lists will be provided for further study and inspiration. While the focus may lean heavily on poetry, prose writers are welcome to attend and will find this guidance and instruction valuable, as it pertains to any genre of writing.
It’s preferable that we not use laptops or computer tablets. Notebooks and pens will be provided.
Clare L. Martin’s third book of poetry, Crone, was published by Nixes Mate Books in 2018, and produced as a dramatic reading at Teche Center for the Arts in January 2019. Her second full-length collection of poetry, Seek the Holy Dark, was the 2017 selection for The Louisiana Series of Cajun and Creole Poetry from Yellow Flag Press. Her widely-acclaimed debut collection of poetry, Eating the Heart First, was published by Press 53.
Clare’s poetry has appeared in Avatar Review, Blue Fifth Review, Thrush Poetry Journal, Melusine, Poets and Artists, and Louisiana Literature, among others. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Dzanc Books’ Best of the Web, for Best New Poets and Sundress Publication’s Best of the Net. In 2015, Clare founded the online poetry magazine, MockingHeart Review. She is a lifelong resident of Louisiana and works as the Executive Assistant to Executive Director Sandra Sarr at Teche Center for the Arts.