It's neither uncommon nor shameful for future masters of the written word to begin by aping their idols. Take the late, great god of gonzo, Hunter S. Thompson. He first became intimate with the English language by typing his way through the 50,061-word entirety of The Great Gatsby. Plus, as University of Wynwood director P. Scott Cunningham will tell you, imitation is "the best learning tool that exists and lots of fun."
So this Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., take the initial step toward penning your very own American classic by joining Mr. Cunningham for the first session of his eight-week poetry workshop, Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Sincerity. Classes will convene weekly at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, and the curriculum will involve "reading great poems and trying to imitate aspects of their greatness," Cunningham says. The time to copycat has come.
Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Starts: Feb. 2. Continues through March 2, 2010