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Creative Writing Workshop ~ Writing Classical Chinese Poetry in English

Wednesday 28 September 2022, 14:30 - 16:30
B10, Parkinson Bdg, University of Leeds

Join Professor Jonathan Stalling (University of Oklahoma) for a creative writing workshop to learn how to compose Classical Chinese poetry in English!

Professor Stalling will guide participants in an outdoor hike to "gather seeds" (words) and "sprout" them into lines and couplets and finally to "plant" these into a full "Jueju" -- a poem consisting of four lines, each with five to seven single-syllable words, and ending in an AABA rhyme scheme.

Participants will then be encouraged to refine and submit their poems to the 2023 Newman Prize for English Jueju for a $500 prize.

Jonathan Stalling is the Harold & Ruth Newman Chair of US-China Issues and Curator of the Chinese Literature Translation Archive at the University of Oklahoma where he is the Editor in Chief of Chinese Literature and Thought Today.

No prior knowledge of poetry or Chinese required. All welcome, and free of charge – but please sign up at the Eventbrite link so we have numbers for refreshments.