Erasure and Revision Writing Exercise: “Love Poem Lost”

Last week I had my 24PearlStreet Erasure and Revision students burn, soak, and rip up handwritten copies of a new love poem. I called these “environmental erasures,” inspired— or, rather, after—Sappho’s surviving verses on papyrus fragments. Here are the directions: “Love Poem Lost” 1. Draft a poem addressed to a (real or imagined) lost love. […]

Craft of Poetry Writing Exercise: “Exercising It Out”

Students’ Materials Writing journal, with plenty of paper and/or your laptop A previous draft of one of your poems Room Setup Six “stations” will be set up at even intervals around the room, each with its own set of instructions. They will be identified by the following names: Anaphora Heavy Enjambment Sentence Fragment Lack of […]

“Joe had some water”: Intro to Creative Writing Discussion about Image, Specificity, Significance, and Precision

After talking about Janet Burroway’s Image chapter in Imaginative Writing, my class took our discussion to the white board to consider problems with translating experience and ideas in language, the fundamentals of significant detail, and the precision of language. I asked them to consider all of the possible meanings for each of these sentences: “Joe […]

“One Story, Three Genres” Exercise

Class: Introduction to Creative Writing (The College of William & Mary) Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry Purpose: To consider how writers of three genres go about approaching similar subject matter; to introduce distinctions between the genres; and to introduce key drafting and revision considerations based on reading from Janet Burroway’s Imaginative Writing Readings: Chapters 1 […]