Crash Course: Poem of Witness

Regular price $ 85.00

In a world of turmoil, we can often find ourselves feeling helpless simply from watching the news. What if we could turn this helplessness into writing that gives ourselves and others a means to better understand the events that both anger and scare us? Literature has shown us that, as writers, we can be powerful agents of change, agents who help others make sense of what is happening simply by bearing witness.

In this workshop, we will explore what Carolyn Forche calls Poetry of Witness which, rather than being political, “gives testimony” to the events around us.  We will explore poems of witness and discuss how we can productively use our own writing to confront events both personal and political. From there, we will participate in several exercises leading to our own poems of witness.

Open to writers of all levels.

Class Limit is 20.


Saturday, October 20th

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Decatur Co-Works. 708 Church Street, just one block from Decatur Square and convenient to MARTA.

About the Instructor

Marissa McNamara teaches English composition and creative writing at Georgia State University and in local Atlanta prisons. She is also a contributing poetry editor for The Chattahoochee Review. Her work has appeared in several publications including the anthologies On Our Own and My Body My Words and the journals RATTLE, Assisi, Melancholy Hyperbole, StorySouth, Future Cycle, The Cortland Review, and Amsterdam Quarterly. Marissa lives in Atlanta with her three crazy dogs, one very patient boyfriend, and a flock of pink plastic flamingos.