The Surprising Form of Memory: Writing a Pantoum

Member Price: $22 / General Public: $25

Deadline to Register: November 12, 5 pm

Instructor: Lauren Camp

The ancient pantoum is an ideal form for writing about the past. With a little direction, even uncertain writers are eased into shaping their crystalline memories, and more experienced writers are inspired to delve into subjects that might not have opened up for them before. In this workshop, students will engage with a brief historical background on the form, then participate in an idea-generating exercise that will produce raw material for each individual’s unique pantoumExcitement builds quickly as participants begin to see the juxtaposition of sound and themes, and follow the form through to its ending.

The author of five books of poetry, including One Hundred Hungers (Tupelo Press, 2016), selected for the Dorset Prize by David Wojahn, Lauren Camp works in the confluence of sound, psychology and language. Her poems have appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Pleiades, the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. Her work has been translated into Mandarin, Turkish, Spanish, and Arabic. She lives in New Mexico, where she teaches creative writing to people of all ages.