The Writer’s Workshop Series

You Are a Sea Cucumber, You Are a Wolf: Writing Like an Animal

Wednesday, August 4, 6 p.m. FREE – Registration is Required.

Creative Colloquy Partners with the Puyallup Public Library for this FREE writing workshop.

Join Puyallup poet and artist Troy Kehm-Goins as we explore the voices of animals in literature. Through examples, writing prompts, exercises, and games we will try to capture our own “animal voice” on the page as a short poem, flash fiction, or the perfect sentence to include in a larger piece.

This workshop will be a series of playful writing exercises and games based around writing in character as animals. Most of the games will focus on the poetic form of the “American Sentence,” an invention of the American poet, Allen Ginsberg. Grounding these American Sentences in work that is written about animals or from the point of view of an animal or animals, will allow for some creative, imaginative, and playful work for writers of all ages and levels of expertise.

This workshop is in collaboration with the Puyallup Public Library and a portion of their “Tails and Tales” Summer Reading Programming!

Troy Kehm-Goins is a poet and artist whose work has been published in WRISTPost DefianceRead Write PoemLes Sar’zine, and Creative Colloquy, as well as in four poetry chapbooks. In his work, he seeks to discover the holy within the everyday and ordinary. He resides in Puyallup with his wife, daughter, and two canine people, Banjo and Wrigley.