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Reclaiming and Reframing Your Narrative (w/ Patrick Roche)
Every person has a story—or, rather, every person is a story. How can we best tell these stories, and how do we connect with each other through our specific narratives?
This workshop series explores personal narrative as a foundation for poetry and challenges us to become the authors of our own stories, guiding them as we choose. We will establish the value of personal narrative or lived experience in poetry and learn how we can gain agency through the process. We will then move on to ways we can reframe our stories or the ways we understand them through a wide toolkit including themes of metamorphosis, shifting tone as we work with different forms and styles, the devices of persona and personification, and the potential that lies within imagining the future or the alternate.
Come join us as we work on brainstorming and preliminary exercises, read and engage with various poems (or songs or scenes or drag performances? Time will tell) that illustrate a given theme/topic, discuss these topics as a group, and synthesize it all into prompts that will inspire our writing each week and our editing/revisions afterward!
Patrick is the author of the poetry collection, A SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE BREAKDOWN
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About Patrick Roche
Patrick Roche is an award-winning poet, mental health advocate, and Carly Rae Jepsen enthusiast from New Jersey. Videos of Patrick’s work have amassed 9 million views on YouTube, making him one of the most popular spoken word poets…. MORE