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Poetic License: Using Poetic Language and Devices in your Poetry, Prose and Everyday Writing

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St. Edward's University
Fleck Hall 106

9/15/2012 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

 with Liz Garton Scanlon


How does a great idea for a poem or story sometimes fall flat once it's on the page? Why are some written works described as beautiful, moving, thrilling or true, while others are merely thorough or competent? What can you do right now to take your work to the next level? It may be time to start brandishing your poetic license!

NOT JUST FOR POETS, this workshop will look at the tricks-of-trade available to all of us — the ones many of us forget or pooh-pooh because they seem old-fashioned or forced or inauthentic.

In this lively and interactive workshop we will discuss and practice:

Crafting metaphors that are fresh, surprising and transcend cliché
Evoking imagery in your own voice
Setting up symbols that make sense
Wrangling rhythm and rhyme
Revising with an eye on language

Liz Garton Scanlon is an Austin-based children’s writer and poet. She is the author of the highly acclaimed, Caldecott-honored picture book All the World, illustrated by Marla Frazee, as well as Think Big, illustrated by Vanessa Newton, Noodle & Lou, illustrated by Arthur Howard, and A Sock is a Pocket for Your Toes, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. Future books include Happy Birthday, Bunny, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin, due next year, and The Good-Pie Party, illustrated by Katy McDonald Denton, due in 2014. Ms. Scanlon is an assistant professor of creative writing at Austin Community College and is a frequent and popular presenter at schools, libraries and conferences. To learn more, visit her website at


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