All workshops are free, open to the entire Stanford community, and held from 6 pm to 7:30 pm in the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking, Building 250, Room 201. Snacks are provided!
The Writer’s Studio is a free workshop series open to all students from all majors. Come study the art of writing in intensive, fun, hands-on workshops with dynamic faculty from the Creative Writing program, the Stanford Storytelling Project, and others. You’ll leave with an expanded understanding of what your writing can do.
The Ode Not Forsaken: Writing Celebratory Poems In a Dark Time
It is easy to be inundated by bad news: climate change, wildfires, hurricane, terrorism, gun violence, social and political unrest. It can seem futile to write joyful poems, and yet poets do, perhaps recognizing that to praise the commonplace can be a vital, even radical, act. In this workshop we will consider a number of odes, taking a fresh look at some of the classic odes we may have encountered before, and considering some odes by contemporary poets. And, of course, we'll work on a draft of an ode of our own.
Austin Smith is a Jones Lecturer at Stanford. He is the author of two poetry collections, Almanac and Flyover Country, both published through the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets. A recent NEA fellow in prose, Smith teaches courses in poetry, fiction, environmental literature and documentary journalism.