Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, November 3

This is an advance announcement for the November 2009 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "languages and ways of writing." I'll be soliciting ideas for language speakers, writers, writing systems (alphabet, syllabary, etc.), unusual writing tools (quills, clay, etc.), favorite languages, luscious words, language-related plot twists, history & innovations in writing, settings associated with languages or writing, and poetic forms linked to a culture in particular.

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.


Writing is usually considered a solitary pursuit. One exception to this is a fascinating exercise called a "fishbowl." This has various forms, but all of them basically involve some kind of writing in public, usually with interaction between author and audience. A famous example is Harlan Ellison's series of "stories under glass" in which he sits in a bookstore window and writes a new story based on an idea that someone gives him. Writing classes sometimes include a version where students watch each other write, often with students calling out suggestions which are chalked up on the blackboard for those writing to use as inspiration.

I'm going to host a Poetry Fishbowl on my blog on Tuesday, November 3. I'll be soliciting ideas for language speakers, writers, writing systems (alphabet, syllabary, etc.), unusual writing tools (quills, clay, etc.), favorite languages, luscious words, language-related plot twists, history & innovations in writing, settings associated with languages or writing, and poetic forms linked to a culture in particular. Chances are I'll spend a good chunk of the day, from afternoon to evening or more, alternating between this site and doing stuff offline so my back doesn't weld itself to the chair. I will post at least one of the resulting fishbowl poems on the blog for everyone to enjoy, and an extra one if there's at least one new prompter or donor. The rest will be available for audience members to buy, and whatever's left over will go into my archive for magazine submission.

If you enjoy my poetry -- or if you just love poetry in general, or want to promote interest in languages and writing -- please mark the fishbowl date on your calendar. Drop by and give me some ideas, comment on the posted poetry, encourage people to come look, whatever tickles your fancy. I hope to see you then!
Tags: cyberfunded creativity, fishbowl, linguistics, poetry
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