Vessels for Memory: Generative Poetry


Vessels for Memory: Generative Poetry

Engage with poetry texts and techniques to write new poems rooted in personal memory.

Meeting Times
  1. Tue, 4/23/2024 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  2. Tue, 4/30/2024 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  3. Tue, 5/7/2024 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tue, 4/23/2024 - Tue, 5/7/2024


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Writers' Studio

Poetry, Free at BARN

Free at BARN is Made Possible Thanks to Support From:

Bainbridge Community Foundation


This three-week generative and analytic course will guide you in writing six or more poems informed by personal memory. By examining contemporary texts and experimenting with prompts, you'll build an understanding of how memory-based scenes and references take shape and find a dwelling place within poems. You’ll learn how to create scaffoldings for poems that honor the complex weave of human emotion. We will explore the following:

  • Sensory objects as provocation
  • Poetic constraints: your emotional oracle
  • Spinning new myths from memories

We'll create a safe, exploratory, and constructive environment in which you’ll be encouraged to share some of your poems throughout the three weeks. Meanwhile, through our discussions of various poetic forms and frameworks, you will collect techniques for accessing memory in your own writing practices.


You must have experience reading and writing poems, with expectations to expand your personal writing practice.

Class Policies

Ages 14 and up are welcome.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Carrie Beyer

Carrie is a poet and essayist whose writing has appeared in literary journals and anthologies including Prairie Schooner, Image, Iron Horse Literary Review (NaPoMo finalist), Figure 1, Cream City Review, storySouth and others. She has a master of fine arts degree from Pacific University and was a 2022 fellow in the Jack Straw Writers Program. Carrie has been a teaching assistant for creative writing at Seattle University and holds a post-MFA certificate in teaching creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She is currently editing her first poetry collection and working on a memoir about growing up in a conservative religious sect in rural Kansas. Carrie has lived with her family on Bainbridge Island for nine years.

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