What makes a poetry novel work? It needs both poetic structure and an engaging narrative that pulls the reader along. It’s a balance of poetry that strikes emotional chords with readers and good storytelling that keeps them turning the page. This workshop will help writers discover that balance. We will work on structure, both within the poems themselves and in the overall novel. Experienced faculty will share their knowledge, encouraging participants to generate new work and consider how it fits in with their work-in-progress. Each participant will be offered an individual critique session with a faculty member of up to ten pages of a work-in-progress, plus a synopsis (double-spaced). You will have the chance to polish individual poems, think through the overall structure of your manuscript, and work on new material that will give you renewed energy to return home and finish your poetry novel.
Additionally, we’ll hear from a guest editor, Susan Dobinick (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), about what it takes to publish a novel in verse and what she’s looking for in a manuscript.