Sonnet Workshop to begin Tuesday, March 15!

My “sonnet shakedown” workshop will run from March 15 to April 12.

Join us as we explore the kaleidoscopic history of the sonnet, from Petrarchan to Oulipian, from blazon to flarf and beyond. We’ll also write our own sonnets – using, throwing out, and writing our own rules of engagement with the “little song.” The sonnet is dead. Long live the sonnet!

Seating is limited, but there are still openings in the class—click here to sign up at the Toronto New School of Writing (TNSOW) website.

Here’s the info:

Sonnet Workshop (Mar 15 – Apr 12, 2011)
Instructor: Camille Martin

Duration: 5 weeks (Tuesdays), 15 March – 12 April 2011, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Capacity: 12 students

Combining a historical overview of the sonnet form (or as Hollo once called it, the sonnet state of mind) with creative writing assignments, this course offers students the opportunity to experience the sonnet as a traditional and experimental network of possibilities.

Through a series of Reading/Writing sessions focused around various “sonnet-inspired models,” participants will deepen their appreciation of the evolution of the sonnet across history as well as generate their own sonnets, investigating relationships between the rubrics of tradition and form and content and meaning, while continuing the momentum of the “little song’s” enduring popularity.

Required Texts: Sonnets by Camille Martin, as well as a selection of readings that will be provided.

Click here to register for the class at the TNSOW website.



Camille Martin

2 responses to “Sonnet Workshop to begin Tuesday, March 15!

  1. Dear Camille,

    I have been seeing your name on the poetics list serve, but it is so =20
    hard to focus on all the entires there. The occasional trouvaille has =20=

    been great — I have become the translator/collaborator for Caterina =20
    Davinio, whom I met at this site. And finally I looked into your stuff.

    Here is how I connect: First, I am a friend of Aube Breton, Andr=E9’s =20=

    daughter, and she does collages similar in form (not content) to =20
    yours, and I am working on a book with her on this.

    Second, while a visual poet, I also love going back to sonnets for =20
    rigor and style.

    Third, I have a sister lost somewhere in the Toronto homeless community.

    I’ll be reading in Montreal in April, not really near you, but still =20
    it connects.

    I guess I do not have more to say, but I will be looking for more of =20
    your collages and sonnets.



  2. Hi, David, thanks for getting in touch on my site. It’s great to meet someone who’s also interested in collage and sonnets, too! I’d be very interested in hearing of the book of Aube’s work when it comes out. Good luck with this project and please let me know when it will be published. I hope you enjoy reading in Montreal!



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