Location: UW Friday Harbor Laboratories on San Juan Island
Instructors: Richard Kenney and Jason Whitmarsh
Students: Anyone interested in poetry or the writing arts
Cost: $1,100 -- this includes instructional costs, housing, and 3 meals a day
Applications: Deadline: June 30, 2011
Course credits: 5 credits of ENGL 283, 383, 483, or 493
This is a two-week seminar in the art and practice of poetry, to be held this coming September at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories on San Juan Island. There will be lecture and discussion, reading, critique, informal chat and solitary time for composition. All comers welcome: no experience is presumed; a wide range of experience is anticipated. Participants will be housed in student quarters at the marine station, and will take meals together at the dining hall.
What is poetry? What are its forms and ways and means? What are its affinities with other forms of knowing, such as natural science, as practiced famously at the marine station? What is a poet’s relation to the natural world? Such widely-ranging questions, and others of mutual interest, will be explored in an experimental spirit at the point of the pencil: this is intended to be a practical apprenticeship in the poet’s art, rather than a theoretical or critically-minded literary seminar. In that spirit, writing will be constant and joyful. We’ll meet twice daily, with open time between. Expect lectures and discussion on the following topics: poetry and play, poetry and comedy, poetry and the natural world, nursery rhymes and nonsense, tone and gesture, and the generative nature of poetic constraints.
The course will be directed and taught by Richard Kenney and Jason Whitmarsh, along with a number of guest speakers.
Participants will receive five credits of English 283 (Beginning Verse), 383 (Craft of Verse), 483 (Advanced Verse), or 493 (Creative Writing Conference) depending on prior coursework. There are no prerequisties for this program. Course credits will be included in students' AUTUMN schedules (which may have implications for total tuition owed, depending on how many total credits a student takes during Autumn Quarter). Students will not sign up for Poetry in Friday Harbor credits through MyUW; instead registration for Poetry in Friday Harbor will be handled through the English Advising Office after the enrollment for the program has been determined. Space in this program is limited. Participants must be current UW students, and must enroll in the 5-credit course.
Priority Application deadline: June 30, 2011 (thereafter we will consider applications on a space-available basis.)
We have reserved accommodation for just fifteen students. We expect the seminar to fill quickly. Make application by letter of inquiry, along with the application form (downloadable in PDF format), to Richard Kenney (email@example.com) AND to Jason Whitmarsh (firstname.lastname@example.org). (If you cannot attach the PDF form, make sure that the information required is included in the letter of inquiry.) If the program fills before the final deadline, a waiting list will be established.
A $250.00 nonrefundable deposit is due upon acceptance to the program. The remaining balance of $850 to be paid in full by Friday, August 26, 2011. If a participant is forced to withdraw, a refund of all but the $250 deposit will be made if the withdrawing student's place is filled by someone on the waiting list. No refunds are possible after the program has begun.
NOTE: Program fees do not include tuition; a student's Autumn tuition will be based upon total Autumn credits, including Friday Harbor credits. Evening Degree students must pay Evening Degree tuition directly to UW Educational Outreach, in addition to program fees paid to the Department of English.
Richard Kenney is the author of four books of poetry: The Evolution of the Flightless Bird, Orrery, The Invention of the Zero, and The One Strand River. He teaches poetry and verse writing in the undergraduate and MFA programs at the University of Washington.
Jason Whitmarsh earned his B.A. in mathematics from the University of Chicago and an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Washington. His poems have appeared in many literary journals, including Yale Review, Harvard Review, Ploughshares, and Fence. His book, Tomorrow's Living Room, won the 2009 May Swenson Poetry Award. He lives in Seattle with his wife and children.
Photos courtesy Kati Casto, 2009 participant
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