Ends on January 31, 2018

Watch Your Tone

In this workshop, we will focus our attention on the function of tone in our poems as a way of communicating and deepening their emotive charges. We will examine a few of the numerous craft elements that contribute to a poem's tonal register, such as sound, detail, image, syntax, form, music, and how these tools might signal tonal shifts within a poem or complicate a poem's emotional depth. We will also consider how elements of tone create tension and counterbalance within poems. The aim is to draft and revise poems that engage in some serious play and think about how even playfulness or seriousness are carefully crafted things.

Nathan McClain is the author of Scale (Four Way Books, 2017), recipient of the 2017 Gregory Pardlo Fellowship from The Frost Place, and a graduate of Warren Wilson's MFA Program for Writers. A Cave Canem fellow, his poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Callaloo, Ploughshares, The Southeast Review, Broadsided, Tinderbox, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches creative writing at Drew University.

Guidelines: This workshop is open to adult poets of color at the early-to-intermediate stage of their writing endeavors. Selection is by lottery, with preference given to applicants who have attended fewer than three workshops.The deadline to submit is January 31, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST. Applicants will be notified by February 14, 2018.

Fee: $30 - $240 (Choose the amount that’s right for you.)

Dates: Thursday evenings, 6 - 8:30 pm; March 1,15, 22 & 29; April 5, 12, 19; Culminating Reading: Thursday, May 3, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. 

Where: Cave Canem Foundation, 20 Jay Street, Suite 310-A, Brooklyn, NY

Who’s eligible:

  • Adult poets of color at the early-to-intermediate stage of their writing endeavors.
  • Individuals who are not enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program.
  • Individuals who commit to attending all eight sessions.
  • Writers who have not published more than one collection of poetry with a commercial press.

To Apply:
Please upload a document including:

  • Maximum of three pages of poems, written in any style. No more than one poem per page. Include your name on every page.
  • In the cover letter box provided within Submittable:
  1. Title of poems being submitted.
  2. If applicable, Cave Canem workshops you’ve attended, including instructor and year.
  3. One-two sentences maximum about what you wish to accomplish in the workshop.

By submitting your application, you agree to the aforementioned terms of eligibility and commit to attending all eight sessions.

Payment by PayPal:
Once accepted, go to http://www.cavecanempoets.org/workshops. Scroll down to the payment box, and enter an amount between $30 and $240. You then will be prompted to complete your payment through PayPal.

Contact Elizabeth Bryant at 718.858.0000 or ebryant@ccpoets.org

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