Writing to Astound, with Michael Mercurio

All writers, no matter how accomplished, feel the pressure of finding the right words to invigorate their prose, enliven their poetry or bring their stories to life. The right word choice and arrangement can surprise and astonish readers or entice editors and agents to keep reading… Think of the power that wordplay, (rhyme, alliteration, lyricism, connotation) holds for you as a reader when you are transported by an author! Join poet (and self-described etymological obsessive) Michael Mercurio for this three-hour workshop, and you’ll come away with lots of tools to punch up your writing, astound your readers, and make your work truly stand out. The workshop includes a brief history lesson on the peculiarities of the English language, an opportunity to discuss some tried-and-true strategies for using words as springboards for inspiration, and plenty of time to explore the power of language.

Saturday, February 11th, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST ($75)

Michael Mercurio, MFA, lives and writes in the Pioneer Valley, where he serves on the steering committee for the Tell It Slant Poetry Festival (formerly Amherst Poetry Festival) and is the associate editor of the Naugatuck River Review. A graduate of the Lesley University low-res MFA program, his poetry has been published in Rust + MothCrab Creek Reviewand The Indianapolis Reviewand is forthcoming in Sugar House Review and Palette PoetryMichael also has had critical reviews published in The Lily Poetry Review.