Veterans Day Weekend Workshop, November 11th -12th, 2017 - RSVP Form
ASAP is pleased to announce that Joseph Bathanti will be leading a two-day Veterans Day Weekend Workshop.The information for Saturday's workshop, Writing the Narrative Poem, and Sunday's workshop, Writing about Yourself as a Soldier in a Place, is detailed below.

WRITING THE NARRATIVE POEM: This workshop will focus on writing poems that tell stories through the classic conventions of fiction – dialogue, plot, conflict, characterization, setting/place, etc. – while relying heavily on key elements of poetry such as compressed, often impressionistic, language; rhythm; stylized line and stanza breaks; and attention to sound. Attendees will balance the image-charged voltage of poetry with fiction and creative nonfiction’s traditionally discursive narrative strategies. We will focus on the occasion of the poem, and the dramatic situation that inspired it. Participants will be provided with examples of narrative poems that trigger the narrative impulse.

WRITING ABOUT YOURSELF AS A SOLDIER IN A PLACE: Participants will come away with a nonfiction autobiographical story (a memoir) about themselves as soldiers stationed/deployed in a particular place – not only physically, but in their memories as well. The workshop is designed to get participants thinking about specific episodes/scenes that, in some way, exemplify their identities as soldiers in a particular place (however one identifies or characterizes place) and how it has influenced and shaped them. That place can be anywhere at all – a room, a city, a country – that triggers memory, as long as it is keenly associated with your service and/or your life in the military. Even if that place has now vanished, it still exists in your memory. So, in many ways, this workshop is an exercise in memory and how it intersects with place. What you write about does not have to be something terrifically dramatic or momentous. It can be something very small, but nonetheless significant. I would encourage you to bring along old photographs and other artifacts associated with your service. Such artifacts can prove invaluable in jump-starting memory and the writing impulse.

JOSEPH BATHANTI is the former North Carolina Poet Laureate (2012-14). He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, he has BA & MA degrees in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. Bathanti came to North Carolina as a VISTA Volunteer in 1976 to work with prison inmates. Professor of Creative Writing at Appalachian State University, he is also Writer-in-Residence for the University’s Watauga Residential College.
He is the author of eight books of poetry: Communion Partners; Anson County; The Feast of All Saints; This Metal, nominated for the National Book Award, and winner of the Oscar Arnold Young Award; Land of Amnesia; Restoring Sacred Art, winner of the 2010 Roanoke Chowan Prize, awarded for best book of poetry in a given year; Sonnets of the Cross, and Concertina, winner of the 2014 Roanoke Chowan Prize. His novel, East Liberty, won the 2001 Carolina Novel Award and Coventry, won the 2006 Novello Literary Award. His book of short stories, The High Heart, won the 2006 Spokane Prize.His other books include: They Changed the State: The Legacy of North Carolina’s Visiting Artists, 1971-1995, Half of What I Say Is Meaningless, winner of the Will D. Campbell Award for Creative Nonfiction, The Life of the World to Come, and, his new book of poems: The 13th Sunday after Pentecost.

Who: The session is open to/free for all veterans, service members, military family members, and caregivers.

When: Saturday, November 11th from 10AM to 3PM & Sunday, November 12th from 10AM to 4PM

Where: William and Mary's Miller Hall, Room #1027, 101 Ukrop Way, Williamsburg, VA 23186
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