“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.”

  • POEROTICA: Writing Love Poems for Our Supreme Otherness

When: 4 Sundays, February 2, 9, 16, & 23 + 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: 4 Sundays, March 1, 8, 15, & 22 + open-mic session // 6:30–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:30–5:30 PM (Pacific)

Cost:  $99 (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.