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Using Poems to Tell Stories

  • Nashville Public Library 615 Church Street Nashville, TN, 37219 United States (map)

James Britton said, “What is memory but how we think it must have been?” John Barth said, “The story of your life is not your life, but your story.” In this workshop we'll brainstorm our past stories, real and imagined. Then, with the help of some creative prompts, we’ll use those memories to create beginnings and first drafts of original narrative poems.

SLANT workshops are intended for high school students. We meet in StudioNPL on the third floor of the Nashville Public Library. This is a free event open to students from any area, but workshop seating is limited, so please click to RSVP. If you sign up for an event and find that you are unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible so that someone else has the opportunity to participate. Contact joe@porchtn.org with questions. Sign up here.

Bill Brown is the author of nine poetry collections and a writing textbook. His most recent titles are  Elemental  (3: A Taos Press 2014),  The News Inside  (Iris Press 2010), and  Late Winter  (Iris Press 2008). In 1999 Brown wrote and co­-produced the Instructional Television Series, Student Centered Learning, for Nashville Public Television. The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts awarded him The Distinguished Teacher in the Arts. He has been a Scholar in Poetry at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, a Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a two time recipient of Fellowships in poetry from the Tennessee Arts Commission. Brown has published hundreds of poems and articles in college journals, magazines and anthologies. The Tennessee Writers Alliance named Brown the 2011 Writer of the Year. He lives with his wife, Suzanne, and a tribe of cats in the hills north of Nashville.

Bill Brown is the author of nine poetry collections and a writing textbook. His most recent titles are Elemental (3: A Taos Press 2014), The News Inside (Iris Press 2010), and Late Winter (Iris Press 2008). In 1999 Brown wrote and co­-produced the Instructional Television Series, Student Centered Learning, for Nashville Public Television. The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts awarded him The Distinguished Teacher in the Arts. He has been a Scholar in Poetry at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, a Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a two time recipient of Fellowships in poetry from the Tennessee Arts Commission. Brown has published hundreds of poems and articles in college journals, magazines and anthologies. The Tennessee Writers Alliance named Brown the 2011 Writer of the Year. He lives with his wife, Suzanne, and a tribe of cats in the hills north of Nashville.

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