Webinars

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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.

  • POEROTICA: Writing Love Poems for Our Supreme Otherness

When: 4 Sundays, February 2, 9, 16, & 23 + TBD open-mic session // 6:30–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:30–5:30 PM (Pacific)

Cost:  $99 (payable through PayPal)

Octavio Paz writes, in The Other Voice: Essays on Modern Poetry, “Eroticism is first and foremost a thirst for otherness. And the supernatural is the supreme otherness. This is perhaps the most noble aim of poetry, to attach ourselves to the world around us, to turn desire into love, to embrace, finally what always evades us, what is beyond, but what is always there—the unspoken, the spirit, the soul.” How do we write humanly and transcendently about love, longing, sex, and heartbreak? Exploring sample poems, we will generate lots of new writing to re-speak our love stories, without sentimentality, clichés, and TMI (too much information)!

  • ONCE UPON A POEM: Doorway to Transformation 

When: 2 Sundays, March 22 & 29 + TBD open-mic session // 6:30–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:30–5:30 PM (Pacific)

Cost:  $49 (payable through PayPal)

Threshold, conflict, duality, pattern, surprising twist, change—all features of a fairy tale, a poem, and a life. Exploring sample poems based in fairy tales and myths, we will craft our own poetic narratives that reflect and illuminate what’s universal in the human story. We may discover that indirect ways of narrating our life, that is, indirect entry points into our subject matter, can generate fresher work that surprises the writer and hence the reader; and that we are the protagonist of our story and can tell that story in ways that empower us as the hero/heroine.

  • POET AS WITNESS OF A MOMENT

When: 2 Sundays, April 5 & 12 + April 26 open-mic session // 6:30–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:30–5:30 PM (Pacific)

Cost:  FREE

Paul Eluard wrote, “There is another world, and it is in this one.” Poems we remember, poems we return to, likely presence for us what it means to be human, or spirit incarnate. How do we write poems that transcend mere description of our visible world? Conversely, how do we write poems about the invisible world, without weighty abstractions, and instead with the sensory details of our earthbound lives? We will look at poems by other poets to discuss whether they successfully or unsuccessfully bear witness to human experience. We will then generate our own poems while attending to aspects of poem-making that establish the poet as credible witness.

  • MATER AS MATTER: Writing the Maternal

When: 4 Sundays, May 3, 10, 17, & 24 + May 31 open-mic session // 6:30–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:30–5:30 PM (Pacific)

Cost:  $99 (payable through PayPal)

“[B]ehind all your stories is your mother’s story, for hers is where yours begins,” writes Mitch Albion, in For One More Day. To honor our mothers in this month of Mother’s Day, we will explore sample pieces (verse and prose) that feature the maternal as subject matter. We will write our own pieces, through our maternal lineage, to remember—and ultimately re-see—the women who gave us our lives.