Class #15

Exploring the Writer’s Muse – Spirit and Duende

Albert DeGenova

July 25 - July 31, 2021

instructor imageThis class is taught in the tradition of Norbert Blei, who taught at The Clearing for over 40 years. It’s a week that includes an exploration of a specific subject and/or approach to writing and writing prompts.

Choose one of two class sections: Exploring the Writer’s Muse – Spirit and Duende (afternoons) or The Poetry Workshop (mornings).

Exploring the Writer’s Muse – Spirit and Duende: This class will explore the writer’s sources of inspiration with a focus on what poet Federico Garcia Lorca called “duende.” Duende is the dark magic, the force of Other, that enters our writing and turns it from something interesting, maybe even really good, into something transcendent. Core reading, handouts and discussion will be enhanced by in-class writing prompts and assignments. All that is necessary is a desire to write! The core required reading for Exploring the Writer’s Muse is Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo. Optional reading is Poem of the Deep Song by Frederico Garcia Lorca.

The Poetry Workshop: This class is intended for more advanced poets with some history of publication. Instructor approval is required for admission. For approval, contact Albert at Submit four to six poems (maximum six pages)—work with which you have struggled or for which you desire peer feedback. Fellow students and Albert will read submitted work prior to class. Poems must be emailed to Albert one month prior to class in .pdf or .doc format. He will then share your work with fellow students. Each day will also include in-class writing prompts and a “homework” prompt. Students in The Poetry Workshop may also sit in on Exploring the Writer’s Muse afternoon sessions. The Poetry Workshop is limited to five students.

Albert DeGenova began his studies with Norbert Blei at The Clearing in 1996. A prize-winning poet, writer, editor and publisher, Albert is the author of five books of poetry, and for the past 30-plus years has worked as a journalist and marketing communications professional. In June of 2000, he launched the literary/arts journal After Hours, for which he continues as publisher and editor. In 2014, After Hours Press published The Professor’s Quarters, student perspectives on Norbert Blei and his class at The Clearing. Albert holds a master of fine art degree in writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. He is also a blues saxophonist and one-time contributing editor to Down Beat magazine.

Albert will contact students prior to class.

Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Materials Fee: $5 for copies

Pricing (per person):
$1120 Dorm Room Package*
$1220 Two-Person Room Package*
$1835 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$625 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 5 meals