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Getting Unstuck Poetry Workshop

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Writer’s block: Is there such a thing? William Stafford’s solution: Ignore “high standards” and get into action. Expecting every draft to say it all is a lot of pressure. Instead, exercising our writing muscles every day can help prepare us for when the big poem needs to be born. In this workshop we’ll explore ways to move through fear and doldrums. Criticism—especially from the worst critic of all, one’s self—will be banished in a kind but firm manner. We’ll spend a little time discussing ways to get unstuck, produce a piece of writing, and go home with some strategies for getting unstuck again.


David Ruekberg’s poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, DMQ, Lake Effect, Mudfish, Northwest Review, Yankee, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from Warren Wilson, and was awarded a residency at Jentel Arts in Sheridan, Wyoming. His first collection, Where Is the River Called Pishon? was published by Kelsay Books in 2018. His latest collection is Hour of the Green Light (Futurecycle Press, 2020).