Songs of Ourselves: Storytelling in the First Person

Grade: 6-8
Location: 372 5th Avenue in Park Slope at the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.
Dates: April 20, April 27, May 4 and May 11
Time: 3 PM - 6 PM
Fee: $100*
*This course is free for all currently registered AST and Writers' Room students.

Description:
This workshop is designed to produce a completed short story or memoir piece from conception to final draft. In this workshop we will explore the many styles of first-person writing, and the techniques through which writers tell their story through the first person, including in fiction, memoir, and poetry. Each week, we will begin the workshop with a series of short readings, meant to frame the day’s theme and discussion. We will also watch short interviews with prominent writers to help understand what goes into their craft. Students are expected to finish a story over the course of the workshop.

“Songs of Ourselves” is a reference to the Walt Whitman poem “Song of Myself,” which is credited with revolutionizing American poetry, raising the consciousness of the “I.”

Instructor: Kwame Opoku-Duku
Kwame Opoku-Duku is the author of The Unbnd Verses (Glass Poetry Press, 2018) and a founding member of the Unbnd Collective. His work is featured or forthcoming in BOMB, Virginia Quarterly Review, Massachusetts Review, Bettering American Poetry, The Literary Review, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. Kwame is nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets 2018, and he serves as an Adroit Journal fiction mentor. He lives in New York City, where he earned a degree in creative writing from Columbia University.

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