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PJ Seminar: Pay No Attention to That Life-Altering Event Behind the Curtain! The Uses of Truthbending, Misunderstanding, and Misdirection in Poems with Brenda Shaughnessy

$70.00 · September 4

In this master class, you’ll look at six poems that make use of inaccuracies, lies, misconceptions, and confusion to lay bare what emotional realities those deceptions are hiding.

Start Date

September 4

Day(s) of the Week

Wednesday

Class Times

7:00pm – 9:00pm CT

Sessions

1

Location

Zoom (online)

Price

$70

Instructor

In stock

Description

Poets find or create ways to express what is too difficult to say in other words, and sometimes the best way to do this is to use truthbending elements in your writing.

In this master class, you’ll look at six poems that make use of inaccuracies, lies, misconceptions, and confusion to lay bare what emotional realities those deceptions are hiding. You’ll examine what makes these examples work, and how to apply them to your own writing.

There will be a short section of in-class generative writing. This class is open to any genre of writer.

About Brenda Shaughnessy

Brenda Shaughnessy is the Okinawan-Irish American author of seven poetry collections, including this year’s Tanya, published by Knopf; 2022’s Liquid Flesh: New and Selected Poems, which came out with Bloodaxe, a U.K. publisher; The Octopus Museum (a New York Times 2019 Notable Book); and Our Andromeda, finalist for the Griffin International Prize, the PEN/Open Book Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Prize. 2008’s Human Dark with Sugar received the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and was a finalist for an NBCC Award. Fellowships include the Howard Foundation Fellowship of Brown University, the Bunting Fellowship at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Japan/U.S. Friendship Commission Fellowship, and other honors. Recipient of a 2018 Literature Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters and a 2013 fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, she is currently co-creating the production of Sensorium Ex, an opera for which she wrote the libretto. The opera is slated to premiere in New York City in March 2025. She lives in West Orange, New Jersey.