Join us from 10AM to 3PM on Saturday, November 11th and again on Sunday, November 12th from 10AM - 4 PM for two ASAP Writing Workshops led by Joseph Bathanti. The sessions will be held at the College of William & Mary's Mason School of Business (101 Ukrop Way, Williamsburg, VA) in Room 1027.

Saturday workshop: “Writing the Narrative Poem"

This first workshop will focus on writing poems that tell stories through the classic conventions of fiction – dialogue, plot, conflict, characterization, setting/place, etc. – while relying heavily on key elements of poetry such as compressed, often impressionistic, language; rhythm; stylized line and stanza breaks; and attention to sound.

Sunday Workshop: “Writing about Yourself as a Soldier in a Place"

This second workshop will be an exercise in memory and an exploration of its relationship to place. Participants will come away with a nonfiction autobiographical story (a memoir) about themselves as soldiers stationed/deployed in a particular place – not only physically, but in their memories as well. The weekend of writing will conclude with an open reading.


JOSEPH BATHANTI is the former North Carolina Poet Laureate (2012-14). He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, he has BA & MA degrees in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. Bathanti is currently a Professor of Creative Writing at Appalachian State University, and is the Writer-in-Residence for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Bathanti is a National Book Award nominee and winner of the Oscar Arnold Young Award, Roanoke Chowan Prize, and Spokane Prize, among others.




This workshop was made possible in thanks to a Generous grant from the Williamsburg Community Foundation.