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1323 6th Ave N.
Nashville, TN, 37208

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Going to the Source: Family Poetry

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Going to the Source: Family Poetry

  • The Skillery 1323 6th Ave N Nashville, TN, 37208 United States (map)

My mother's playing cards with my aunt,
Spite and Malice, the family pastime, the game
my grandmother taught all her daughters.  

-Louise Glück

Our families are inspirations and obstacles, sources of love and strife in our poetry. Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, step-parents, in-laws, adopted siblings, honorary parents, live-in relatives, and loved ones separated from us by distances of space and time: they've filled our lives with stories and moments that have left deep impressions on us. We want to share those in our poems, but how? Sometimes what actually happened isn't right for the poem. Sometimes we don't want to reveal the truth because we're afraid of hurting someone. Sometimes our own feelings—loyalties and retributions—get in the way of our poems.

In this workshop, we'll look to masters who have come before us, take permission from them, write together, then come together to discuss how to write our rough drafts into polished poems. We'll balance honoring both our families and our poems.

Key Takeaways:
Workshops at the Porch are rigorous yet welcoming, encouraging creative expression while sharpening your understanding of craft. Led by instructors with extensive teaching experience, each class focuses on a particular genre, approach, or use of writing, and allows participants to learn from one another in a supportive, friendly atmosphere.

Who's it For:
Poets interested in learning how to both honor their families and their poems, while turning a rough draft into a polished poem.

When does this class meet?
This class meets on Saturday, August 22nd from 2-5pm.

About the Teacher:
Although an Ohio native, the South captivated Alicia Marie Brandewie during her years at Emory University. After spending 338 days on the high plains of Texas, she settled in Nashville. She is currently pursuing her MFA in poetry at Vanderbilt University, where she is a Poetry Editor and Community Coordinator for the Nashville Review. She has received scholarships to The New Harmony Writers Workshop and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She was a winner of the 2011 Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition, and her poetry has appeared in Waccamaw and is forthcoming in Redivider.

Questions about this class? Contact Ryne at

Registration is $45, here.

Later Event: September 3