Literary Hook: ‘Honey, I Didn’t Shrink the Poems’ workshop April 17

By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet

AllWriters’ Workplace and Workshop offers on-site and online writing courses in all genres and abilities of creative writing, as well as coaching, editing and marketing services. A schedule of classes and registration is available online at, or you can call (262) 446-0284.

Classes are held at AllWriters’ Workplace and Workshop, 234 Brook St., Unit 2, Waukesha, Wis.

Saturday, April 17, “Honey, I Didn’t Shrink the Poems,” will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost of the entire workshop is $85.

We often think of poetry as small bits of imagery and light. But what if we took an expansive approach rather than a reductive approach to poetry? Would it be possible to open up our poems and let them do things we may not have imagined or allowed them to do before?

As this year’s workshop presenter, I will help you examine what a poem can do simultaneously: create a short narrative, invent original phrases, construct sparkling juxtapositions, lead to an epiphany, sculpt elegant stanzas…

Bring a couple of poems that seem in need of invigoration. You will have time to experiment with new work as well. Then, we will affirm and discuss the work generated through this expansive lens.

For more information and registration, go to

Christine Swanberg is a local author.

From the March 17-23, 2010 issue

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