Sometimes even full-time writers need to hone their craft and be revitalized through relationships with others in their field.
Between July 10 and 20, Professor of English Colette Tennant, Ph.D., had the opportunity to do just that during the Centrum Writing Workshop held in Port Townsend, Wash. The workshops were taught by nationally-acclaimed poets and filled with craft talks, poetry readings, and more.
“I learned we need to be willing to reach further for our imagery,” Tennant said. “I thought I was an extreme cliché hunter until I spent 10 days with Erin Belieu.” She joked that Belieu doesn’t use birds in her poetry and is “irritated” at the word “wing” because it is a cliché.
“I made it a point not to tell her the title of my poetry book, ‘Commotion of Wings,’” Tennant said with a smile.
Additionally, she taught a workshop on Gothic poetry. She was able to show participants that they didn’t have to be prose writers to enjoy writing Gothic poetry.
While the Centrum Writing Workshop helped fill her personal “creative tank,” Tennant said much of what she learned will be used in her classes during the next school year.
“It was a good workshop all around and I can think of many things I learned that I will be able to use with my students,” she said. “It was an enjoyable time for me personally and professionally.”