Free Write with
The Reader as Conversation Partner
*** All Times are listed in EST ***
How can we better include, involve, and intrigue our readers?
Drawing from my cross-disciplinary background in classical and folk music, improvisation, visual art, conceptual art, theatre, and poetry, I’ll share creative techniques for enhancing the connection between creator and encounterer — or writer and reader.
I'll share what I've learned about art, form, storytelling, intentionality, and revision, as they pertain to this goal. Essentially, we’ll look at an array of ways to approach our readers as active conversation partners rather than passive audience members.
You'll walk away from this workshop with a set of practical and inspiring tools and exercises.
Elisabeth Blair is a poet and editor with an extensive background in music and the visual arts. Her publications include full-length collection because God loves the wasp (Unsolicited Press 2022), two chapbooks—We He She/It (Dancing Girl Press 2016) and without saying (Ethel Press 2020)—and poems in a variety of journals, including Harpur Palate, Feminist Studies, cream city review, and Juked. She also writes a monthly poetry craft newsletter called lullabies & alarms. She has been artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Wildacres, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and ACRE, and in 2022 received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to complete her second book, a poetry novel.