May 2022

Big Feelings in Small Moments

Love. Hate. Fear. How can we write about big feelings, whether for a character in a story or in our poems, and have the reader feel with us? In this workshop we’ll analyze poems that do it well and discuss why big abstract words like “love” or “fear” aren’t effective. We’ll also try out specific techniques to get those big feelings into our work. Bring your pens for a few in-class writing exercises.

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About Debby Bacharach

Debby Bacharach is the author of Shake & Tremor (Grayson Books, 2021) and After I Stop Lying (Cherry Grove Collections, 2015). Her poems and essays have been published in journals nationally and internationally, including Midwest Quarterly, Poetry Ireland Review, Vallum, Cimarron Review, New Letters and Poet Lore; been anthologized in A Fierce Brightness: Twenty-Five Years of Women's Poetry; and received a Pushcart prize honorable mention. She has been the featured reader at poetry readings in Boston, Oberlin, Seattle, South Bend, and Minneapolis. She is currently a poetry reader for The American Journal of Nursing, reviewer for Broadsided and Carolina Quarterly, and a staff writer for The Asheville Review. Educated at Swarthmore College and the University of Minnesota, Debby lives in Seattle with her family. She is a college writing instructor, editor, and tutor and teaches poetry workshops for children.