Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters (GLCL) is a Writers' Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We have a simple, but vital mission: to encourage, promote, and celebrate the literary endeavors of writers in the Great Lakes region.
ADVANCED POETRY WORKSHOP SERIES WITH DENNIS HINRICHSEN
AUG 2, 9, 16, &23.
Join us for a four-week long workshop that will take an in-depth look at work in progress and seek macro and micro strategies for making the work better, sharper, edgier, in keeping with what the writer wants for the poem as well as what the poem might want for itself.
We’ll look hard at that amazing dynamic between content and form and set that against an open-ended, anything goes sense of what makes for form and unity in a poem. POV’s include the usual suspects of formal poetry, the sentence, the line, the stanza, the syllogism, cinema, graphic design, color theory, song form, music theory, and any other relevant found form we can use to our advantage. The aim is one poem per week for four weeks for each student. There are no designed lesson plans in this workshop, ideas will rise organically out of our discussion of the poems.
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2016 ANNUAL FUND DRIVE FOR GLCL
We're so excited to announce our 2016 Annual Fund Drive for GLCL! Though we know you get bombarded with requests for money all the time, we really hope you'll consider a donation to GLCL. Your contribution will help us move this little literary arts organization to the next level as we hire a full-time Executive Director, develop a more robust schedule of programming and special projects, extend our hours at theWriters' Hub, and provide more honorariums and travel expense reimbursements for visiting writers.
The Proust Questionnaire
When the author Marcel Proust was a teenager, he responded to a questionnaire in an English-language confessional album; the questions were intended to reveal the tastes and aspirations of the respondent. More recently, a version of the questionnaire has become a back-page favorite featuring celebrities in Vanity Fair magazine. We think it works well for the literati of Michigan, too.
REGIONAL Literary events at a glance
GLCL events are in RED; events at other venues are in BLACK.