April 10, 2021 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Zoom

with Tobias Wray, Ph.D.,
Director of Creative Writing Programs for the University of Idaho.

Saturday, April 10: Workshop Session
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Mountain Time
via Zoom; join from anywhere you have an internet connection!
*Please note: Registration will close at 8 AM MT on the day of the workshop.
Zoom links will be sent out to all registered participants ahead of the workshop.*

Cost: $20, or $17 for MAHC Members.
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Join us for a fun and versatile poetry workshop brought to you the MAHC and taught by U of I’s Creative Writing Program Director, Tobias Wray!
Perfect for anyone who already writes poetry or for anyone looking to begin.

Workshop description: Long the foundation of literary thought, every sentence comprises a set of words complete in itself. While the sentence is not necessarily the driver of every poem, every great poem well understands its relationship to sentence structure. In fact, as poet Mary Kinzie notes, the line and the sentence are “the most important and interdependent of all the features of poetry.” How a line break uses, distorts, and even subverts our more common contracts with language is essential to understanding how to read and write a successful poem. Through a series of writing exercises, this class offers a better understanding of how to radically play with the building blocks of language. Through guided writing, reflection, and discussion, we’ll study this connection between poetry and expectation. Join us and open clearer lines of communication between you and your own creative impulse. 

Tobias Wray’s debut poetry collection was selected by Randall Mann for the Lighthouse Poetry Series. No Doubt I Will Return a Different Man is forthcoming from Cleveland State University Press in 2021. Poems, reviews, and other writing appear widely in anthologies and literary journals, including BlackbirdBellingham ReviewMeridian, Third CoastWasafiri: International Contemporary WritingSpoon River Poetry ReviewHunger Mountain, and The Georgia Review. He has served as a poetry editor for Cream City Review and, until 2017, helped to coordinate Eat Local :: Read Local, a program that partners restaurants with poets from Milwaukee and Madison. He currently directs the Creative Writing Programs at the University of Idaho on the Palouse.


*This program is supported in part by a grant funded by the Perc H. Shelton and Gladys A. Pospisil Shelton Foundation Advised Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation.*