Poetry I

What makes a poem a poem?

Come explore the most common questions about poetry in this bi-monthly workshop.We will read an eclectic mixture of poetry while studying poetic form - both formal and informal, meaning, word economy, imagery, symbolism, soundscape, rhythm, and  poetic language. Learn how to decipher direct and implied meaning within a poem while also learning how to construct verbally rich poetry worthy of sharing aloud. Workshop time will allow for attendees to craft new poems –sometimes based off of specific prompts - and at other times, entirely free form. We will be spending a considerable amount of time in revision of the poems generated in workshop as well. This will promote active engagement with the revision process and hopefully participants will leave with a few pieces they think are worth publishing.  Quality over quantity is very much our modus operandi when crafting poetry. Good poetry writing is HARD, so come experience the writing process with us together!


8 week course that meets 4 times :: April 29th - June 10th :: $75

Monday afternoons from 4:00 - 5:30. 


This workshop will be taught by Andrea Cladis. She holds an MFA in Writing and Poetry, is an author, published poet, teacher and lifelong Geneva resident. 

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About this teaching artist:

Andrea Cladis holds an MFA in Writing from Fairfield University and is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Elmhurst College with degrees in English Writing, Interdisciplinary Communications, French, and Secondary Education. A former journalist and High School English teacher, she currently works as a college professor, freelance editor, writing consultant, and fitness professional. She has worked for Delnor Hospital's Marketing and Public Relations Department, for neighborhood magazines, and as a feature writer for Shaw Media. She has been published by SAGE Academic, The Greek Star, various literary journals, and online publications including Thought Catalog, Elite Daily, and Patch.com. She is also the author of the memoir, Tatsimou, Hold On (Adelaide Books, 2018), the Christian nonfiction book, Finding the Finish Line: Navigating the Race of Life through Faith & Fitness (CrossLink Publishing, 2017), and the poetry collection, Forgotten Coffee (Adelaide Books, 2019). She has written extensively for online news websites, print magazines, local newspapers, and social media blogs. Known for her local opinion columns, Andrea's writing has been described as “emotive, yet brazen, seasoned with thinly veiled cynicism, and a pinch of sarcasm.” Andrea is an Advisory Board Member for Cambridge Scholars Publishing and maintains a personal site about faith, fitness, and writing which can be explored at www.andreacladis.com.

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