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201 W. Mifflin Street
Madison, WI

May 2016

storytelling with poems / erin carlson

Everyone has a good story to tell, but not everyone knows how. This workshop focuses on using poetry as a tool to uncover and refine a story to make it easy to tell. Students do three things: 1) learn how to write about what they love in a clear, concise manner, 2) tell a well-crafted story about what they love, and 3) contextualize their stories to help their audiences relate. We will do a combination of storytelling games and writing exercises to make storytelling easier and more fun. Students of all writing levels are welcome, but new writers and anyone with writer’s block are encouraged to sign up.

Class consists of instruction and writing exercises. 3 sessions, 1.5 hours each.

Instructor: Erin Carlson is a poet and arts organizer. Carlson works as the Program Manager at Arts Wisconsin, coordinating conferences and teaching advocacy workshops. Carlson currently shares her poetry on Instagram (@hyperponderating), where she is exploring the hashtag as a literary device.

Tuesdays, May 3, 10 & 17 from 6:30-8:00pm

Pinney Library

Free with advance registration

For all ages

Maximum enrollment: 15

Registration for this class is open and remain open throughout the duration of the class

Each workshop is free with advance registration. We encourage you to attend all consecutive sessions with the instructor, but it is not mandatory. Registration will open one month before the first session. Once each class fills, there will be a short wait list. If you have any questions about signing up for classes, please contact volunteer workshop coordinator, Aaron Fai at

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.