The Art of the Chapbook
This workshop will focus on preparing manuscripts to become chapbooks, from poetry to flash prose to micro-essay collections, or any hybrid thereof. This is a very “beginner friendly” introduction, and a valuable refresher for more seasoned authors, to invigorating and/or reinvigorating the work of being an independently published author. In addition to moderate generation of new work, there will be intensive yet highly constructive and supportive feedback given to arrangement, arc, theme and movement within the confines of a short manuscript (between 12-36 pages.) This workshop also serves as a natural extension of the Intro to Poetry workshop.
Class facilitator Paul Corman-Roberts holds a double Masters (MA/MFA) in Poetics from the notorious New College of California. A student of legendary poets David Meltzer, Genevieve Lim, Gloria Frym and Neeli Cherkovski, he is the author of “Bone Moon Palace” from Black Lawrence Press (2021), “The Sincere” from Libran Apocalypse Books (2022) as well as dozens of appearances in publications and anthologies such as The Rumpus, Great Weather for Media, Colossus: Body, Dispatches from Quarantine, The Town, The Racket SF, The San Franciscan, Poetry Flash, the SF Chronicle and Quiet Lightning. He is co-founder and co-director of the Beast Crawl Literary Festival in Oakland CA.