Poet John Lane to lead workshop at Tryon Fine Arts Center

Published 12:01 pm Monday, April 22, 2013

Poet and professor John Lane will present a poetry writing seminar on Tuesday, April 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Poet and Professor John Lane

Poet and Professor John Lane

in the Mahler Room at Tryon Fine Arts Center.

Lane will give participants a firm grounding in all the basics of poetry writing. The group will read poems by contemporary poets, discuss basic poetry craft and work on one assignment poem. They may also read a draft of one of their own poems for critique and talk a little about possible markets. This workshop is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up their poetry skills.

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John Lane is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry and prose, including Abandoned Quarry: New and Selected Poems. He has received an EA Poetry Apprenticeship Grant, a Hoyns Fellowship in Poetry from the University of Virginia, a South Carolina Arts Commission Individual Arts Fellowship, and the 2001 Phillip D. Reed Memorial Award for outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment from the Southern Environmental Law Center. In 2008, his literary papers were acquired by Texas Tech University’s James Sowell Family Collection of Literature, Community, and the Natural World. He is a co-founder of the Hub City Writers Project and teaches Environmental Literature and Creative Writing at Wofford College.

Lane’s workshop is the final in a series of three evening creative writing workshops in Tryon presented by Tryon Fine Arts Center in conjunction with Hub City Writer’s Project of Spartanburg. Hub City Writers Project, founded in 1995, has published more than 400 writers and 60 books and is dedicated to nurturing writers in all stages of the writing process through workshops, contests and gatherings, striving to build a community of writers across Upstate South Carolina and beyond. Tryon Fine Arts Center is a 44-year-old organization that provides opportunities and facilities for the entire Carolina Foothills community in order to advance experience and participation in the arts.

Lane’s program to be held at TFAC is part lecture, part exercise, and will have a limited number of students. The workshop will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Mahler Room and will cost $25 per person. For more information or to register, call 828-859-8322 or visit www.tryonarts.org.

– article submitted by Marianne Carruth