The Snake Eats Its Own Tail: A Poetry Workshop

Like the mythological snake Ouroboros, who forever eats his own tail, the best beginnings are intricately and essentially connected to their endings. In this class, we’ll perform close readings of several beginnings and endings in both poetry and fiction, discussing the decisions each writer made along the way, and how each opening dictates each ending and each ending dictates its opening. Afterward, we’ll look at how you can emulate those techniques in our own work.

  • Instructor: Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum
  • Length of workshop: 3 hours
  • Dates: Tuesday, October 11
  • Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Cost: $50 non-members; $45 members
  • Location: The Skillery in Germantown

About the Instructor:

Hailing from Nashville, TN, Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum is an award-winning freelance editorwriting coach, and Lecturer of Creative Writing and English at the University of Colorado. He is also is Senior Editor of F(r)iction, Founder of the Colorado Writers' Workshop, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, Founder and Editor of The Floodgate Poetry Series, and editor of two anthologies. His first book of poems, Ghost Gear (University of Arkansas Press, 2014), was a finalist for the Miller Williams Prize, the Colorado Book Award, and an INDIEFAB.

His poemsreviewsinterviewsarticles, and podcasts have appeared in periodicals such as The Writer's Chronicle, Poets & Writers, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Glimmer Train, American Literary Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The Missouri Review, storySouth, Blackbird,, and Hayden's Ferry Review among others. 

Andrew holds a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is Acquisitions Editor for Upper Rubber Boot Books, and is a contributing-editor for The Southern Indiana Review.