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The Poetry Masterclass: Getting Serious — From Generation to Completion

June 17 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

$75 - $120

Instructor: Nathan Brown, Poet, Ph.D.
Tuition: Early Bird $75 (Members only through May 31)
$95 (Members); $120 (Non-members)
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This workshop walks a poem, or poems, through the full process of creation. . . from topic generation to the application of serious editing tools, and then on to completion. We’ll also concentrate on the nature and importance of performing our poems, as well as certain issues of the publication of individual poems and/or books.

  • Topic generation. . . and generous amounts of writing time

  • Applying “Dunn’s Guillotine” to opening lines

  • Applying “Economou’s Razor” to closing lines

  • Detail and Description… but just the right amount

  • Rethinking titles and first lines

  • Moving from the “general” to the “specific”

  • The Power of Brevity

  • Finding a poem’s “chief desire” and sticking to it

  • How to better perform and share our work

  • Some hard truths about publishing


Nathan Brown is an author, singer-songwriter, photographer, and award-winning poet who recently served as the Poet Laureate of Oklahoma for 2013 and 2014. Though he lives now in Wimberley, Texas with his wife, Ashley, he has always considered Oklahoma his home.

Nathan taught at the University of Oklahoma for many years, but now travels widely, offering readings, house concerts, creativity workshops, and musical performances in an effort to bring back the hint of a smile and the hope for a good story in poems. . . poems unafraid of making sense. . . poems that carry us to better places.

Nathan also worked as a professional songwriter and musician for decades in and around Oklahoma City, Nashville, and Austin. He has performed in venues such as the Bluebird in Nashville, the Cactus Cafe in Austin, the Mucky Duck in Houston, and the Blue Door in Oklahoma City. . . as well as overseas in Israel and Russia. His most recent album, Gypsy Moon, was recorded at Blue Rock Studios just outside of Austin.

He holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Creative and Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma. And he currently teaches History of the Arts and Humanities courses for the Liberal Studies Department at the University of Oklahoma, as well as Introduction to Songwriting for Austin Community College, and he served as the Artist in Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma. He’s published thirteen books.


June 17
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$75 - $120


The Writer’s Garret
1250 Majesty Drive
Dallas, TX 75247 United States
(214) 828-1715


The Writer’s Garret


Poetry Masterclass: Non-members$120.00
Poetry Masterclass: Members$95.00
Poetry Masterclass: Early Bird Members (through May 31)$75.00