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Feb 1, 2017

Indiana's Poet Laureate, Shari Wagner, joins Julie Petr for a lively discussion on poetry and creativity.

 

Guest Bio

Shari Wagner is the current Indiana Poet Laureate and the author of two books of poems: The Harmonist at Nightfall: Poems of Indiana and Evening Chore. Her poetry has appeared in The Writers Almanac, American Life in Poetry, North American Review, Shenandoah, The Christian Century, Indiana Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Wabash Watershed, and Best American Nonrequired
Reading. Wagner has been awarded two Creative Renewal Fellowships from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, as well as grants from the Indiana Arts Commission. She lives in Central Indiana and teaches poetry and memoir writing for the Indiana Writers Center.

How to Encourage Creativity in Young People

  • Read to them
  • Encourage them to read
  • Stress that writing is a process, and requires many drafts
  • Teach them patience with the process

 

Steps to Becoming a Professional Writer

  • Join a writer's group to get feedback on your work
  • Take a class to improve your writing
  • Make sure your poems are a good fit for a publication before you submit them
  • Follow submission guidelines

 

Enjoying the Journey of Her Writing Process

  • It is process of discovery and adventure
  • Comparing the process to caving - getting below the surface 
  • Knowing that the foothold will show up in the rock to help you 
  • Maintaining faith that she will find her way through it

 

Characteristics of a Successful Writer

  • Resilience
  • Curiosity
  • Life long learner
  • Discipline 
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at the same time

 

 

Phrase She Lives By

I sat where they sat, and was amazed for seven days.

 

Connect with Shari

shariwagnerpoet.com

 

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