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Writing the Fragment

Saturdays, 6 weeks
Feb 26
Apr 9
1:00 - 3:00PM CST
AM Ringwalt
The Porch Headquarters, 2811 Dogwood Pl, Nashville, TN 37204
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In Writing the Fragment, we’ll turn to abbreviated and altered forms of poetry and prose to consider the potency of interrupted forms of expression. When and why do we stop writing? What stops us from writing? Rather than prescribe a generative approach against these lived constraints, this course seeks instead to empower its participants to embrace the fragment.    Through reading, writing, and discussion, we will explore literary forms in expression of our own lived limits.

Note: This class is scheduled to take place in-person at Porch HQ. You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate, and we will enroll a maximum of 9 participants. Masks are not required at this time, though we will revisit this policy as needed. Check our website and this listing for details before you attend class.

AM Ringwalt is a writer and musician. The author of "The Wheel" (Spuyten Duyvil), her work appears in Jacket2, Music & Literature and Black Warrior Review. The recipient of the 2019 Sparks Prize as a graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s MFA in Poetry, she teaches creative writing at Belmont University, the Porch and Interlochen Center for the Arts.

What Our Students Say

AM Ringwalt is a caring and attentive instructor, with a great eye for the type of poetry we want to write and we want to feel. It's a pleasure knowing her as a person and an even greater one studying with her as a teacher.

AM Ringwalt really opened my eyes to the beauty of literature. The poem I wrote in her workshop really showed me how greatly I’m influenced by people and environment. I’m trying to learn how to write better and hearing AM quote some of my words really made me happy. Thanks for the encouraging words.

I loved taking class with AM. She brought insight while at the same time acknowledged and valued the insights of classroom participants as equal to her own. The pacing of the class was great and it never dragged or rushes.

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