Writers' Workshop

April 24, 2021 2:00-5:00 PM

Carolina Vines

19 North College Avenue, Newton, NC 28658

Conducted by Keith Flynn

The Rhythm Method, Razzmatazz and Memory: How to Make Your Poetry Swing

What separates poetry from other writing disciplines is its music. This exploration will focus on line structure and the aspects of language that help create inventive rhythm and flow, admitting no impediment. With an emphasis on editing, the discussion will include examples of the power of the action verb, why imagination is more important than knowledge, the art of condensation, and exercises designed to make the poems more dynamic and muscular on the page. Since the human body is largely comprised of water, this workshop will show how we assimilate language through its sonic architecture, and how to use the understanding of rhythm and music to jumpstart the creative process. Part of the discussion will deal with the pragmatic process of getting your work published and what an editor is looking for when choosing a poem. There will be several exercises designed to stimulate the creative imagination and prompts that will guarantee the participants leave with poems already in motion. Participants should send one poem in advance that may be chosen for discussion by the group and bring at least 20 copies of the poem with them. Any work deemed exemplary will be considered for publication in The Asheville Poetry Review. Those poems can be sent as attachments to this address: kflynn62@hotmail.com.

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Following the workshop...

Barbeque Dinner 5:30 PM
at Catawba Farms

Following the workshop enjoy a great meal served up by your hosts, Catawba Farms: delicious Carolina BBQ, with coarse-cut slaw, baked beans, and house macaroni and cheese. Cost: $30/person. By reservation only; click button below.


Go a la carte and choose items from Trey, Catawba Farms' food trailer. Custom burgers, vegetarian option, steak subs, etc.


In-house, local award-winning wine and beer.

Carolina Writers' Open Mic Event 7:00 PM
at Catawba Farms

Open to the public, this no cost open mic event, hosted by Jane St. Clair features Keith Flynn, workshop members, and other writers.

The open mic/book signing will launch a (once-a-month) writers‘ series: Carolina Writers Open Mic at Catawba Farms/Carolina Vines.

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