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  • Rehoboth Beach Writers' Guild to host summer poetry classes

  • The Rehoboth Beach Writers' Guild will kick off its summer creative writing classes with two poetry classes this summer.
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  • The Rehoboth Beach Writers' Guild will kick off its summer creative writing classes with two poetry classes. One will be a workshop and the other will be a discussion group, but both are designed to inspire and motivate writers of all skill levels and genres.
    The popular Experiments in Poetry III (participants do not need to have taken Experiments I and II), taught by Gail Comorat and Ethan Joella, two working, publishing and award-winning poets, focuses each week on a different poetic form or theme participants are encouraged to try in their own writing. The goal is to encourage participants to write about subjects and topics they might never have written about and to also inspire participants to write about the topics they're familiar with, but in a new way. Possible topics include food poems, form poems, fire poems, list poems, found and erasure poems.
    And, as in Experiments I and II, the class isn't exclusive to people who want to write poetry; it's for fiction writers, essayists and memoirists, too.
    In addition to the poetry classes, the RBWG offers classes in novel writing, memoir, Experiments in Prose, and self-publishing that will start later in June.
    Experiments in Prose III will be held Monday during June 3 through July 8, from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. in the Lankford Building on Bay Vista Road, Rehoboth Beach. The cost will be $240 for RBWG members and $270 for non-RBWG members. The class will have no more than eight members so that each participant receives ample feedback during workshops.
    The second class, "Seven Poets a Week," will be held Tuesday afternoons during June 4 through July 23, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The class, which will meet in a Lewes Location, costs $200 for RBWG members and $240 for non-RBWG members.
    This class will focus on discovering and discussing the work of great contemporary poets. Taught by Gail Comorat, the participants in this conversation-based class will read a selection of poems written by seven different poets each week, comparing and contrasting them, determining what makes a poem accessible and what makes it good or even great.
    The goal is to help those who love to read poetry and those who write it to find poets who inspire and move them. Participants will be spotlighting The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American. For more information about the RBWG, its classes or its instructors, visit rehobothbeachwritersguild.com.
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