Sunday, June 12, 2011


Stephen Frech's seminar at the 2011 David R. Collins Writers' Conference entitled "Using Poetic Form Without Being a Formalist" will modernize the traditional forms available to poets in an attempt to acknowledge the importance of structure without losing the pizazz of modern poetic trends. A look at poets such as James Wright and German poet, Rilke, will illustrate how some poets are able to switch back and forth between form and free verse successfully. This three-part, hands-on course will provide a set of exercises designed to show emerging writers similar success in their own writing from 10:15-11:45 am on June 23-25. 

Stephen Frech's second workshop, "Sounds: Letting the Ear Write Poetry", promises a creative look at the art of writing poetry. The class will be offered all three days of the conference from 3:15-4:45 in the afternoon. Drawing upon poetry's foundation in the oral tradition, Frech will emphasize the roll of sounds in poetic work. The workshop will use a variety of exercises to train the ear to use sound to guide the writing. This organic method of writing will allow the unconscious to surprise the writer with the unexpected musicality of the words on the page.

Poet Stephen Frech has earned degrees from Northwestern University, Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Cincinnati. He has been the recipient of two fellowships, two Chapbook prizes, and several grants. He has published three books of poetry and is anticipating the publication of a fourth volume entitled A Place of Strangers is no City which is made up of prose poetry/flash fiction. His second book, If Not for These Wrinkles of Darkness, was published by the Midwest Writing Center Press in 2001 and went on to win the White Pine Press Poetry Prize. He also founded and owns Oneiros Press, which publishes limited edition, letter-press broadsides, several of which have been purchased by special collections around the world, including the Beinecke Library at Yale. Finally, as an Associate Professor of English at Milikin University, Frech is entirely submersed in the realm of the written word.

Space for both workshops is limited so sign up today! Visit the Midwest Writing Center website for more registration information.

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