Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

Celtic Junction Arts Center

Best Cultural Center in North America –IrishCentral, 2018

836 Prior Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55104

A 501(c)(3) organization

Self-portraits in Poetry: Creative Writing Workshop, June 9 &16

1:00-2:30pm Saturday, June 9 and June 16 (2 sessions). Class fee: $50 or $45 if you email the instructor to pre-register. Email: Deanna.Larsen-Quinn@normandale.edu.

Students will explore self-expression through sensory and figurative language in multiple poetic forms, including persona poetry, section poems, and narrative poetry. We will examine the work of W.B. Yeats and other contemporary poets. In this course, poetry is approached as a playful experiment. All skill levels are welcome; if you’re having fun, then you’re doing it right! Poetry can be a surprising process of discovery and invention for anyone with an open mind. Bring a pen and paper and find out how poetry inspires catharsis, allows us to investigate the multiple facets of our identity, and helps reshape our personal narratives. Students will receive a Poetry Packet with additional poems, writing prompts, idea generation strategies, and revision activities.

Instructor biography: Deanna (Dee) Larsen-Quinn teaches writing and literature at Normandale Community College. She has also taught creative writing and literature at two prisons, with an emphasis on using creative expression as a tool for sobriety. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Her poetry has appeared in over twenty publications and has been nominated for two Best of The Small Presses Pushcart Prizes. She is currently working on her mixed genre novel Chimera.