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Sonnets and Other "Strict"ures

  • Femme Fatale 4620 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20016 United States (map)

“Routine is not a prison, but the way into freedom from time. The apparently measured time has immeasurable space within it.” — May Sarton, Plant Dreaming Deep

In this workshop, we will explore and practice a routine form and some of its variations: the sonnet. After sharing a few examples and versions (feel free to bring a favorite sonnet to share!), we will do a series of timed practice sessions, with the goal of developing at least two to three new sonnets (with brief, constructive feedback on each) before heading home for the night. The intentions here are to tackle and demystify a somewhat daunting form, be reminded of the serendipity form can force, write! And come away with a few first drafts

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Teaching Artist
Ellen is writing a sonnet every day in 2018 as a way of getting even more intimate with her favorite form. When not tickling the iambs, she develops messaging strategies for progressive campaigns and nonprofits, takes portraits, and cooks. Life highlights include beating Michael Phelps at swimming (when they were little), writing talking points that both Clinton and Bernie adopted, and uncovering a story of queer lost love involving Robert Frost, Eleanor Roosevelt and Mr. Rogers, which she’s trying to turn into a novel.

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