Spiderweb Salon Happy Hour Workshop Presents:
A Way of Writing: Revising Your Work With New Eyes with Sebastian Paramo
In this course, we'll be looking at various ways of writing, mainly on how does one approach revision. Revision doesn't mean that what was written is bad, in this short class, we'll discuss how to push for more when trying to communicate our poetry. Oftentimes in writing, we do what feels comfortable and poets will rely on familiar and easy writing. With this in mind, our goal will be to set the bar higher for ourselves to find a practice that is satisfying and challenges the comfort zone of the writer. To do this, I'll push for students to find their unique language to voice their art. So then, how do we cultivate a voice and become comfortable with discomfort? We'll discuss duende and look at quotes from various writers including Monica Youn, Traci Brimhall, Sonia Sanchez, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others to consider what it means to dig deeper into what we are trying to write.
What to Bring:
Writings that you want to revise, your favorite book to write in, writing tool, and a learning mind.
$10 workshop fee
*Free for our qualifying Patreon Subscribers
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP LEADER:
Sebastian Hasani Páramo is the son of Mexican immigrants. He has taught high school, ESL, first graders, and adults. He's organized several literary events in the Dallas Fort Worth area including; The Burning Plain Reading Series, Pegasus Reading Series; with Spider Web Salon he organized Deep Ellum Lit Hop, a DFW event that brings together art collectives to Deep Ellum for a literary pub crawl; and with Carve Magazine, Dallas Literary One Night Stand. The Dallas Observer named Pegasus Reading Series “Best Poetry Night” in 2015. His writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Iron Horse Literary Review, Southwest Review, Salt Hill, Pleiades, Huizache, & North American Review. He is the Editor-in-Chief of THE BOILER. He has received scholarships and awards from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Vermont Studio Center. He holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Denton, Texas as a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Texas, where he is the Managing Editor for American Literary Review.