The International
Women's Writing Guild

Workshop: Wanderlust: Distance and Intimacy in Poetry and Prose

  • Thursday, November 11, 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Digital Village

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Wanderlust: Distance and Intimacy
in Poetry and Prose
Yun Wei


Join us for a journey across geographical distances of land and sea, emotional ones between people, and the small and vast spaces on the page. We will explore how prose grows and shrinks distances to build worlds, to bring characters together and push them apart, and how it makes the reader experience familiarity and detachment in a visceral way. We’ll look at why some characters are irresistible and repelling. We’ll dive into the wreck with poetry and examine the boundaries in the line and the techniques that transcend boundaries. We’ll travel to unexpected places of intimacy and belonging of narrative poetry, and what makes a metaphor lustful.

The workshop will include readings, discussion, and writing exercises. You will experiment with ways to create distance and intimacy, discovering surprising places in your own work. You will apply techniques used by the likes of Jesmyn Ward, Sharon Olds, Natalie Diaz, James Baldwin and others. Let us wander through nearness, farness and everything in between.


Yun Wei received her MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College and studied at Georgetown University and London School of Economics. Her awards include the Geneva Literary Prizes and Himan Brown Poetry Fellowship. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Michigan Quarterly, Shenandoah, Summerset, Poetry Northwest, Wigleaf, Word Riot, along with many other journals. Her debut novel is represented by Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency. She works in global health in Switzerland, where she relies on chocolate and tears to survive mountain sports. Find her at: thepomegranateway.blogspot.com/