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The Frost Place Studio Sessions– Rilke and Imagination: A Generative Writing Weekend

September 23 & 24, 2023


Dawn Potter

About the Workshop

In this weekend gathering, we’ll spend intense time with a variety of writings by the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Discussions will consider how Rilke was able to develop an intense and imaginative intimacy with his readers—how, in the words of his translator Stephen Mitchell, “the volatility of emotion” grew from “the volatility of the writing itself.” In our own first drafts, we’ll experiment with some of Rilke’s approaches, pushing ourselves into new imaginative spaces.

This online weekend session is open to anyone, working at any level, who is eager for conversation and deep engagement. The sessions will include generous writing time, an afternoon revision workshop, and an evening poetry reading for participants.

Cost: $225. Class size is limited to 12 participants. Previous attendees of the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching will receive 10 continuing education credits. All reading materials will be provided.