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In this invigorating one-day workshop, the poet Ed Steck will explore the concepts of “worldbuilding,” the process of constructing a fictional world, including the political and social atmosphere, history, environmental landscapes, government, and any other expandable concept relevant to the construction of a believable (or unbelievable) world. Worldbuilding is typically used in the composition of science fiction, fantasy, role-playing games, and other genre works. A writer may create maps, legends, glossaries, new languages, customs, and so forth, to initiate the reader into a fully-functioning worldscape. We will observe the world around us, and our movements through it, to create a bank of sensory data that we can use in creating a poem.
Ed Steck will share The Whole Worldbuilding Reader for participants, which will include an archive of materials (both written and visual), writing prompts to evoke the practice of worldbuilding in poetry, and an essay on the practice as well.
This particular version of the workshop will include a focus on exercises, tactics, and ideas behind enacting worldbuilding ideas while interacting with the real world around you. In particular, Steck will discuss these approaches in terms of the natural world, but remain applicable to the physical, unnatural, and supernatural worlds. Here, “I Take the Glowing Path” by Steck is an example of this process in completion: http://themapisnot.com/issue-ix-ed-steck
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FInancial aid is applied for on a class by class basis. Not all classes offer financial aid. There is a limited amount of funding available, and aid is awarded in the order received.
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The Ruth Stone House BIPOC Fellowship
Includes: Full tuition, Room and Board at the Inn for a BIPOC poet
Lucy Terry Prince Fellowship
Includes: Full tuition, Room & Board at the Inn for a Poet of Color living in Vermont, or with roots in Vermont
The James Tate Scholarship
Full tuition for a poet under the age of 40 (does not include Room & Board)
Award for $600 reduced tuition for a BIPOC poet.
Need-based scholarships awarded to poets of merit with expressed socioeconomic need