Write & Publish Your Own Chapbook: A Poetry Workshop
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Neushop (Downtown Miami)
Instructor: Caroline Cabrera
Eight Sessions: 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, (no class 3/27) 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24
Finale Reading & Chapbook Release: Friday 5/4
Fee: $125 (20% off if you sign up by 8pm on 2/16)
What You Get
- Eight 2-hour workshop sessions
- Public reading, sponsored & advertised by O, Miami
- 12-page original poetry zine (in an edition of 10)
- PDF file of your chapbook if you want to print more
Description from the Instructor
If poetry is created in units, those units are these: word, line, poem, chapbook, book. Of all these vital units, I might love the chapbook most. They allow for the creation of a tiny world—bigger than the microcosm the poem allows, but not large enough to require the scaffolding a book does. In this workshop we will create our own chapbooks, to be printed and shared in our own writing community here in Miami.
Over the course of eight sessions, each student will produce a 12-page chapbook. We will do in-class writing exercises to help you generate material for your chapbook. We will read chapbooks by other poets, and these books will help shape your understanding of the medium, give you techniques to apply, and provide you with inspiration. Finally, we will workshop poems in class, giving each writer the opportunity for feedback.
The class culminates in a "zine-assembly" and public reading.
Caroline Cabrera is the author of the poetry collection Saint X, winner of the Hudson prize and forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in February 2018. Her previous collections include The Bicycle Year and Flood Bloom. She is founder and editor of Bloom Books, the chapbook imprint of Jellyfish Magazine. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Stetson University and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts. She has taught composition and creative writing at the University of Massachusetts, Florida Atlantic University and Metropolitan State University of Denver. She currently teaches for Innovations for Learning and the O, Miami Sunroom Program.