WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH—Dan Albergotti, poet and professor at Coastal Carolina University, will lead the Master Class in Poetry, "The 'What It Is' and the Unteachable Lesson: On Form in Free Verse and the Search for Metaphor" at the North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Fall Conference, November 3-5, at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach.
Registration is now open.
In his Master Class, poets will take a close look at several poems that illustrate: (1) the truth that "free verse" is never truly free of form and (2) the god-like and elusive power of metaphor. And of course attendees will talk about the poems submitted by the participants as well.
Each registrant should be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of the Master Class.
NCWN has been celebrating literary journals this year, so we asked Dan to tell us about his first publication.
"My first publication in a literary journal was a poem called 'Methuselah at the Gates,' which appeared in the South Carolina Review in the early 1990s," Dan said. "It's a journal published at Clemson University, where I'd completed my BA and MA degrees in English a few years before. Because of the connection, I felt a little bit like I'd cheated, even though I'd used the standard procedure to submit and hadn't sought out any favors. In any case, I was immensely proud to see my work in those pages. That is, of course, until time passed and I got a lot better.
"'Methuselah at the Gates' is a dramatic monologue spoken by the oldest man ever, trying to justify a life of 969 years that warrants little more than a sentence in the Bible. It's something like Robert Browning in a late twentieth-century style. I thought I was so devilishly clever back then. Now, I'd like to find every copy of that issue of South Carolina Review—pilfer them from university libraries, lift them from private collections—and have a grand bonfire. Years later, my MFA mentor at UNC-Greensboro, Stuart Dischell, cautioned his students, 'The only thing worse than not being published is being published.' Amen, Stuart.
"Publication of your work is a little bit like marriage. When you commit to doing it, it's best to be absolutely sure that you're not going to have regrets."
Dan Albergotti is the author of The Boatloads (BOA Editions, 2008) and Millennial Teeth (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), as well as a limited-edition chapbook, The Use of the World (Unicorn Press, 2013). His poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Five Points, The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and two editions of the Pushcart Prize, as well as other journals and anthologies. He is a professor of English at Coastal Carolina University.
Fall Conference attracts hundreds of writers from around the country and provides a weekend full of activities that include lunch and dinner banquets with readings, keynotes, tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors or agents. Other Master Classes will be led by Wendy Brenner (Creative Nonfiction) and Nina de Gramont (Fiction).
The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers, in all genres, at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.