Letter-Writing Workshop! Micro-Interview with Instructor Sara Wintz

Frequency instructor, Sara Wintz answered a few of our questions about the role of letters in her writing practice.  Her class starts June 17th, so there is still time to enroll!

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Do you remember the first letter you received/wrote? 

I don’t remember the first letter that I wrote or received, but I remember writing very lengthy thank you notes to family and friends. When I was a teenager, I had a very long correspondence with a relative, after his partner died. We collaborated on a fictional story together as a way to bond and transcend the grief, escaping into an imaginative space. It was the kind of optimism that only a child could have. I can’t imagine proposing a correspondence like that now – grief seems too complicated for fiction. But at the time, I think that it really helped.

Is there a particular literary figure, living or dead, you’d want to get a letter from? 

Dorothy Parker, because she was such a character.

What’s a published/literary letter or written exchange that you think about/return to over and over again? 

There’s a recording of Frank O’Hara reading “To the Film Industry in Crisis” with the Metro-Goldwyn Mayer theme playing in the background that I downloaded a while back on my phone and listening to it makes me smile. It’s such a clever, creative setting for a really, really good poem!

In your opinion, what is the advantage of a poem in letter form? 

A poem in letter form is another way to create a more intense level of intimacy with the reader. We associate letters with official or highly personal correspondence. It’s also extremely rare to receive a letter anymore! Social media is a popular form of communication between people and, messages published on social media often are statements shared with many people, all at once, rather than 1:1. This workshop explores communication, as one of many quintessential elements in poetry.

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Dates: Sundays, June 17 to July 8
Times: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
$160

 

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