“I truly love your manner with the students. I particularly admire the way you help them find ways to not settle for the easy response, but to look inside to connect to something meaningful.”
NOTE: Each session’s replay video will be emailed within 24 hours post-session, so you won’t miss anything if you can’t attend “live.” This also means you can register for an in-progress webinar.
- POEMULATE: Your Monthly Upgrade
When: 6 Wednesdays, October 21, November 18, December 16, January 20, February 17, March 17 // 12:00–12:30 PM (Eastern) / 9:00–9:30 AM (Pacific)
We’ve all heard poet Oscar Wilde’s famous quote “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”—but that was only half of it: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.” Whoa! Okay, then let’s use imitation to uplevel our poetry game. Let’s emulate! Every third Wednesday, we’ll explore one published poem and expand our understanding of how a poem works, by mimicking, move by move, the poet’s language and structure.
- LAST-TUESDAY INFUSION: Making PO/EMotion
When: 4 Tuesdays, September–December // 6:30–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:30–5:30 PM (Pacific)
Cost: $99 (payable through PayPal)
If a poem is a body of words, not a body of thoughts and feelings, how do we infuse a poem with emotion? Every last Tuesday for four months, we’ll discuss poems that express a particular emotion to discern how the poet emotes through language & structure choices, then practice writing our own.
September 29: Wonder
October 27: Respect
November 24: Gratitude
December 29: Joy
*If you don’t wish to attend or commit now to all four sessions, just let me know by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), and you can purchase any single session for $39.
- THE TOPOLOGY OF BEING: Writing About Place
When: 4 Sundays, November 1, 8, 15, 22 // 6:30–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:30–5:30 PM (Pacific)
Cost: $99 (payable through PayPal)
“Is it certain that a true poet occupies a place? Is the poet not that which, in the eminent sense of the term, loses place, ceases occupation, precisely, and is thus the very opening of space?” queries French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas, in his book Noms Propres. Via sample poems and the composition of our own poems, we will investigate how poets construct place as both a literal and an ontological location, asking these questions: How do we locate ourselves? How do we dislocate and relocate ourselves? Is a poem a means of placement—or displacement—for its writer and its reader/listener? How does place construct the self, via the places/placements—natural and manmade, loved and loathed—and displacements of our childhood and adulthood, our ancestry, our travels, and our imagination?
- THIS IS JUST TO SAY: Writing the Epistolary Poem
When: Wednesday, November 11 // 6:30–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:30–5:30 PM (Pacific)
Cost: $29 (payable through PayPal)
“To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart,” says author and columnist Phyllis Theroux. Sure, emails are fast, and texts are fun with all those emojis and GIFs, but don’t you feel particularly loved when someone devotes time and energy to handwriting a card or letter? In this season of gatherings that may have to happen virtually—and on this day that honors our veterans, who historically stayed connected to loved ones through letter-writing—let’s explore some sample epistolary poems and draft our own (to be mailed later, helping save the USPS!). Imagine receiving a letter that is a poem written expressly for you.