July 8th-12th

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Teen Studio Camp:
Poetry and the Self

The choice to write poems in a certain way or even to write poems at all inevitably says something about who we are. In this one-week workshop with poet Amanda Auerbach, we will read and write poems that are occasions for self-exploration, self-expression, and self-making. As we read published poets and make our own poems, we’ll return to an important question for all aspiring writers: how to maintain a productive balance between vulnerability and restraint.

In each class, we’ll do writing exercises to help us reflect on our inner lives, and translate that self-reflection into poetry. Along the way, we’ll get to know the work of some outstanding contemporary poets, including Lucie Brock-Broido, Denis Johnson, Dorothea Lasky, Ocean Vuong, and Ada Limón.  

Amanda Auerbach currently writes and teaches at the University of Iowa. Her first book of poems What Need Have We for Such as We is forthcoming from C&R Press in fall 2019. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Boston Review, Fence, Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review, Colorado Review, Conjunctions (online), Thrush Poetry Journal, and Poetry Northwest.  Amanda is also a scholar of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, having earned her PhD in English from Harvard in 2018. 

Note: Teen Studio Summer Camp is limited to 6 writers, age 13 and up. All levels welcome--register soon!  


1 week session
w/Amanda Auerbach