Writers' guild class, Imitation and Innovation in Poetry, starts July 22

July 9, 2013

The Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild is offering a midsummer five-week poetry class geared to writers of all skill levels who want to hone their work as artists have always done, by imitating the greats. Imitation and Innovation in Poetry will be held 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Mondays, July 22, to Aug. 19. The class will be held in an easy-to-get-to Rehoboth location right off Route 1 with plenty of parking

Taught by published and award-winning poets Gail Comorat and Ethan Joella, Imitation and Innovation in Poetry takes as its starting point Salvador Dali ‘s quote, “Only after you’ve perfected the technique of the Masters, can you develop your own style.” The question for poets is, who should contemporary poets be reading and imitating? And how can this imitation teach them to write better poems?

Participants in this class will use "The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry," second ed., edited by Michael Simms, to study some of the greatest poets writing today. Each week, participants will focus on several poets and spend class time discussing how each uses style, form, line length and breaks, and theme. Then, using this knowledge, participants will choose a poet to imitate in his or her own work.

The class costs $200 for RBWG members and $225 for non-members and is limited to the first eight participants who sign up. Registration is ongoing and the class is currently half-full. To register or for more information, email For more information about the instructors and to read samples of their work, go to Our Writers on the RBWG home page at

The Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) association founded to encourage, support and promote writers of all skill levels. RBWG programs are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.


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