Here’s the great thing about poetry: It may work best when you get up at 5 every morning and write for 2 hours, but it can also fit nicely into the odd pockets of a crazy life precisely because it’s a generally short-burst production. Discipline is great, but some of us have ADD (or lives that look like we do) and need to make a writing life work anyway. Prompts are great. Keeping weird lists of words, lines, ideas–all great. The big trick is understanding that poems are necessary in so many ways and then finding out how to make them part of a crazy-quilt life. We’ll play around with some prompts and tricks to keep you writing. You should leave the workshop with at least 3 first drafts and a hand-out of ideas where to find more inspiration and tools (toys, really).
About the Writer
Devon Miller-Duggan has published poems in Rattle, Shenandoah, Margie, Christianity and Literature, Gargoyle. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Delaware. Her books include Pinning the Bird to the Wall (2008), Neither Prayer, Nor Bird (2013), Alphabet Year, (2017). She lives in a 4-generation house and has a second life as a Church Lady (without the pearls).
Some of Devon’s Work