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Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center

Writing with Whitman: Poetry Writing Workshop with Poet Maxwell Wheat

Saturday, May 4, 2013
3:00 - 5:00

Nassau County's first Poet Laureate, Maxwell Corydon Wheat Jr. is a veteran teacher and creative writing workshop leader. Author of several chapbooks, Mr. Wheat is a lover of nature and the founder of the Taproot writing workshops.

Workshop Topic: The Art of Revision
Session starts with the writing of a nature poem following a short poem’s structure: Lead, Build-up, Kicker or Soft-shoe Tap ending. Revising follows with attention to writing  techniques: removing Bland-Space Occupiers—words or groups of words taking up space but offering nothing to the poem’s effect.  We will work with power input techniques:  Hanging Words Slice-off,  Freight Train Coupling, Unexpectedly  Placed  Words, etc. Will think about writing issues: Modifiers, Conjunctions, Interjections, Past or Present Tenses.

Fee for the workshop includes admission to the 6:15 PM "Meet the Poets" reception and the 7 PM poetry reading, Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance, featuring Maxwell Wheat and  acclaimed poet Mary Jo Bang.

Writing with Whitman is the companion series to Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance, a reading series featuring performances by some of the most intriguing figures in contemporary literature on the national scene, paired with respected voices on the regional scene. The series is hosted by Walt Whitman Birthplace Writer-in-Residence George Wallace.

See full 2013 schedules below.

Workshop  $15

Poetry Workshop includes evening reading at 7PM

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Writing with Whitman: Poetry Writing Workshops


2013 Season of Workshops


Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance

2013 Season of Readings

This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.