Flash Poetry: Beating Writer’s Block & Sparking New Ideas


Time & Date:
Tuesday, September 17th, 6:00pm — 8:30pm
Wednesday, September 18th, 6:00pm — 8:30pm

Austin Bat Cave
1210 Rosewood Ave. (map)

Writing a complete poem in three minutes? On any topic? It may sound daunting, but this class will show you how it can be fast, fun, and freeing.

Poet Sean Petrie of Austin’s “Typewriter Rodeo” walks, skips, and types you through the poetry creation process — from how to start, embracing the power of mistakes, “tricks” for adding rhyme, humor, & metaphor, and how to end.

It’s a crash-course on how to write a complete poem on any topic in a few minutes — and how those skills can help you overcome writer’s block, enliven your current work, and spark new ideas. And — bonus! There will be manual typewriters for all participants to use, to try it “old school” style. 🙂

This class is open to writers at all levels. 

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About the Instructor:

Sean Petrie has written over 10,000 instant poems at events from Maine to Mexico, from The Smithsonian to Willie Nelson’s SXSW festival. He is a founder of Austin’s “Typewriter Rodeo” and co-author of Typewriter Rodeo: Real People, Real Stories, Custom Poems (Andrews McMeel Universal 2018) and author of the poetry collection Listen to the Trees (Documentary Media 2020). He teaches poetry classes for kids and adults, and his poems for Typewriter Rodeo are featured on the weekly NPR radio program, “Texas Standard.” More at:  www.seanpetrie.com

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