For me, writing is about getting started. Once I get started, I can get to a draft, and once I have a draft, I can usually get to a finished product. But how to start? Using a bit of constraint—some kind of self-imposed rules—can free up your brain and send you to interesting places. This session is about tricking ourselves into getting started. We’ll read a few poems to prime the writerly pump, then dive into three prompts that offer the kind of constraint that opens up creativity. We’ll work fast, so you’ll leave with three starts and maybe even three drafts.
Nancy Krygowski’s first book of poems, Velocity, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. She is a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, a Pittsburgh Foundation Grant, and several residencies. Krygowski leads poetry workshops in Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic writing program in addition to her work at Literacy Pittsburgh teaching English to refugees and immigrants. Her most recent poems have appeared in Rattle, Barrow Street Review, and Cortland Review.