Webinars

“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.

  • POET AS WITNESS OF A MOMENT

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

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.

  • THE SOUND OF WATER: Writing Haiku to Reveal Our Nature

When: Friday, April 17 // 12:00–2:00 PM (Eastern) / 9:00–11:00 AM (Pacific)

Cost:  $29 (payable through PayPal)

Is a haiku simply an observed moment of nature expressed in 17 syllables arranged 5-7-5? Easy enough to write these micro poems, then—or is it? Over the centuries and around the globe, this Japanese literary form has attracted many practitioners, young and old alike, but what does it take to become a master? Exploring the haiku of “the Great Four”—Matsuo Bashō, Kobayashi Issa, Masaoka Shiki, Yosa Buson—and modern American haiku poets, we’ll discuss what makes a haiku work as poetry, a discernment applicable to poems of all sizes. And we’ll practice the masters’ precise ways of seeing and saying, writing our own haiku and cultivating our attention to the multilayered world around us.

  • CIPHERS & CONSTELLATIONS: Writing Through Joan Miró’s Art

When: 2 Sundays, April 19 & 26 // 6:30–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:30–5:30 PM (Pacific) // + TBD open-mic session

Cost:  $49 (payable through PayPal)

Joan Miró said, about the figures in his paintings, “Simplified as they are, they are more human and more alive than they would be if represented in all their detail. Represented in detail, they would lose their imaginary quality, which enhances everything.” To honor Miró’s 127th birthday (April 20), we will explore his minimalist brand of surrealism to create literary equivalents that code meaning through a spare, yet alive, constellation of words, of sounds, images, and the silences between.

  • OPEN-MIC MARATHON for National Great Poetry Reading Day

When: Tuesday, April 28 // 2:30–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 11:30–5:30 PM (Pacific)

Cost:  FREE

Read your favorite poem by *another* poet, living or spiriting, on this day designated to celebrate timeless poems and the notable poets who wrote them. COME & GO as you please!

  • MATER/MATTER: Writing the Maternal

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

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.

  • YOU CAN SAY THAT AGAIN: The Music of Repetition

When: Wednesday, June 3 // 6:30–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:30–5:30 PM (Pacific)

Cost:  $29 (payable through PayPal)

Anaphora. Rhyme. Epistrophe. Alliteration. Assonance. Consonance. These are the six writerly tools for creating repetition—of words, phrases, vowels, and consonants—in our verse and prose. We will study poems and lyrical prose that demonstrate the effects of repetition—reinforcement, emphasis, atmosphere, emotion, tension, and, of course, music—and practice these sound devices while generating our own pieces.

  • FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Writing the Gastronomic

When: 4 Sundays, June 7, 14, 21, & 28 // 6:30–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:30–5:30 PM (Pacific) // + TBD open-mic session

Cost:  $99 (payable through PayPal)

We eat to live. (Some of us live to eat!) So many memories are linked to, and triggered by, the food and drink we consume, to the folks we break bread with, to the restaurants, cafés, bars, and markets we eat, drink, and shop in. If, as the saying goes, we are what we eat, what else can we digest when we write about what passes through the eyes and nose and mouth to the belly? We will explore sample pieces (verse and prose) that feature food and drink as subject matter, then write about our own gastronomic memories that still feed us.

  •  I AM MY OWN MUSE: Writing Through Frida Kahlo’s Art

When: 2 Mondays, July 6 & 13 // 6:30–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:30–5:30 PM (Pacific) // + TBD open-mic session

Cost:  $49 (payable through PayPal)

“I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.” Frida Kahlo’s ethos echoes two seemingly contradictory pieces of writerly advice: Write what you know. Write what you want to know. To honor Kahlo on her day of birth (July 6) and her day of death (July 13), we will explore her self-portraits to create verse and prose that freshly capture our lives as we understand them, and reveal what we don’t know about ourselves, whether we want to know or not!