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Remote 6-Week Workshop: Susan Comninos: The Mythic “I”

Six Tuesdays  |  Jan 9 - Feb 13 |  6:30-8pm ET

Jan 9, 2024 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

$320.00 – $360.00
Susan Comninos photo Lana Ortiz

The Mythic “I”: Writing the surreal, self-deluded, or seething narrator 

In this six-week reading, writing, and discussion course, we’ll explore the creation of speakers who are virtuous, un-self-blaming, special—and not quite real. Beginning poets often create this kind of “I” in their poems: a fantasy self that—given its outsized power or goodness—can read as one-dimensional. But what happens when we deliberately play up the flawlessness of the “I”? The answer can be comedy, self-irony, or a moment in which a speaker is lyrically suspended in rage, grief or shock: all of which can serve a poem in interesting ways.

In this course, we’ll read and discuss published poems that explore the myths of the “I” (including “Dancing on the Grave of a Son of a Bitch” by Diane Wakoski and “Litany” by Carolyn Creedon and more), as well as create poems with speakers that, in expressing their own mythic tales and identities, consider who they really are in the world.

Six Tuesdays  |  Jan 9 – Feb 13  |  6:30-8pm ET  |  $360 ($320 for Members)

(Nov 28, Dec 5, 12, 19, and Jan 2 & 9)

All are welcome, space is limited. A limited number of partial need-based scholarships are available. Please email with any questions.

About the educator:

Susan Comninos is a widely published poet and author of a recent book of poems, Out of Nowhere (Stephen F. Austin Univ. Press/Texas A&M, 2022). Her individual poems have appeared in the Harvard Review Online, Rattle, The Common, Prairie Schooner and North American Review, among others. She’s taught creative and critical writing to undergraduates at Siena College, The College of St. Rose, and most recently, SUNY Albany, as well as diverse groups of adults in the community. Comninos lives in upstate New York. Photo by Lana Ortiz.

Admission $360 ($320 for Members)


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Jan 9, 2024
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$320.00 – $360.00
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