UNSAID Press Launches Impracticum, an Independent Creative Writing Program, With Its Inaugural Course, Reading The Dream Songs With Joe Wenderoth

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Impracticum's first class will be an eight-week virtual seminar on John Berryman's The Dream Songs, taught by author Joe Wenderoth. Class begins October 1st and runs through November 19th.

“Impracticum not only challenges students to become better writers, but also insists on the urgency — as writers and as human beings — to become more attentive, more compassionate, more accountable to our communities." - Emily Roese, Impracticum Program Director

This summer, UNSAID Press launched Impracticum, an independent creative writing program offering a unique curriculum of eight-week workshops, seminars, craft lectures, and readings. While working intensively with some of the most accomplished writers, editors, and teachers in the world, Impracticum students will spend a certain amount of time volunteering for one of several local helping organizations affiliated with Impracticum staff and its visiting teachers. Volunteer work is an intrinsic part of the Impracticum curriculum and is predicated upon the idea that volunteering will make participating students more creative, conscientious, and resilient writers.

“Impracticum not only challenges students to become better writers, but also insists on the urgency — as writers and as human beings — to become more attentive, more compassionate, more accountable to our communities. This idea is foundational to every course we offer. It’s what sets Impracticum apart from other writing programs.” - Emily Roese, Impracticum Program Director

Impracticum’s first class will be an eight-week virtual seminar on John Berryman’s The Dream Songs taught by Joe Wenderoth, author of the cult classic Letters to Wendy’s. Wenderoth has also written four volumes of poetry, an essay collection, and the genre-dissolving Agony: A Proposal, which will be published by Unsaid Press.

“It’s a bizarre situation,” says Wenderoth, “a book that is so well known, so beloved & respected, and so universally misunderstood.”

Each week, students will engage with lectures that interrogate various poems from The Dream Songs and participate in weekly interactive sessions with Joe Wenderoth, held via Zoom. Class begins on October 1st and runs through November 19th. Due to the continued threat of COVID-19 and the related challenges of in-person service, UNSAID will, for the time being, donate a portion of all class proceeds to various NYC organizations. A portion of raised tuition from the inaugural course will be donated to two local charities: Mr. Bones & Co. and Sean Casey Animal Rescue.

Impracticum is currently accepting students for Reading The Dream Songs with Joe Wenderoth. Visit UNSAID online to register. https://www.unsaidpress.com/

About UNSAID Press:
Under the guidance of Editorial Director, Bret Gladstone, UNSAID Press publishes works across literary genres. Inaugural releases from UNSAID Press include Joe Wenderoth’s Agony: A Proposal, the second volume of Wenderoth’s beloved epistolary novel Letters to Wendy’s, and a compilation of critical essays celebrating the book’s 20th Anniversary. For more information on UNSAID Press contact Brie Bouslaugh, at brie@unsaidpress.com

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