All in the Family: Writing Poetry about Family

Conference Workshop

How can we avoid sentimentality, clichés, and predictability when we write about our children, parents, grandparents or other family relationships or dynamics?  How can we to get to the heart of an experience in a vivid and original way, while communicating something that transcends the specific incident or individual?

We will examine a few illustrative examples of superb published writing on family-oriented themes, and use them to explore different strategies (through various writing exercises) to mine the richness of our memory and experience in order to create the foundation for effective and moving poems that have emotional power.