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 ARCHITECT: Form Is Function Is Content

When:  4 Thursdays, August 6, 13, 20, 27 // 12:00–2:00 PM (Eastern) / 9:00–11:00 AM (Pacific)

Cost:  $99 (payable through PayPal)

Li-Young Lee says that poetry has two mediums—language and silence—and that language (the material) inflects silence (the immaterial) so that we can experience (hear) our inner space. We will step outside our familiar poetic homes—our habitual ways of seeing and saying and reading a poem—and explore the structural possibilities of language to ultimately answer the question “How does form enact content?”

  • ADVANCED CRITIQUE GROUP: limited to 8 POET AS ARCHITECT registrants

When:  4 Mondays, August 10, 17, 24, 31 // 12:00–2:00 PM (Eastern) / 9:00–11:00 AM (Pacific)

Cost:  $39 (payable through PayPal)

You must register first for POET AS ARCHITECT: Form Is Function Is Content.

Advanced critique groups can be highly instructive for both givers and receivers of feedback. This is for you if you and your work are ready for rigorous feedback. For each session, we will devote 15 minutes per attendee to one poem generated from the POET AS ARCHITECT exercises. We will aim to circulate the poems in advance for the option of having more time to consider a poem than a cold read allows.

  • LANGUAGE IS THE SKIN: Writing the Body

When:  4 Sundays, August 9, 16, 23, 30 // 6:30–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:30–5:30 PM (Pacific)

Cost:  $99 (payable through PayPal)

Lucie Brock-Broido said, “Poetry is the skin that I have between my body and the world’s body” (in “Doing Wicked Things,” interview with Ricardo Maldonado, Guernica, November 1, 2013). No matter what genre we write in, our language art is a membrane both protective and permeable. We will explore sample pieces (verse and prose) that feature the body as subject matter and also Judy Chicago’s feminist art to write our own pieces that locate our body as conduit between our internal and external worlds.

  •  LAST-TUESDAY INFUSION: Making PO/EMotion

When:  4 Tuesdays, August–November // 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.

August 25: Joy
September 29: Wonder
October 27: Horror
November 24: Gratitude

*If you don’t wish to attend or commit now to all four sessions, just let me know by email (marj@marjhahne.com), and you can purchase any single session for $39.

  • FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Writing the Gastronomic

When: 4 Sundays, September 6, 13, 20, 27 // 6:30–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:30–5:30 PM (Pacific)

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.

  • PUNCTUATE: How to Prick & Pierce Your Reader

When: Thursday, September 24 // 6:30–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:30–5:30 PM (Pacific)

Cost:  $29 (payable through PayPal)

Punctuate means “to point out,” from a Latin word meaning “to prick, pierce.” Isn’t that, really, all we want our writing to do: pierce the reader? In celebration of National Punctuation Day, we’ll examine sample writing (poetry and prose) to see how little marks make big effects.

  • GOOD VIBRATIONS: Writing in Response to Music

When: Thursday, October 1 // 6:30–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:30–5:30 PM (Pacific)

Cost:  $29 (payable through PayPal)

“Where words leave off, music begins,” said German poet Heinrich Heine. It’s true: the musicality of our language is paramount, resonating in the body, reinforcing meaning. Let’s try the opposite: begin our words where the music leaves off! In celebration of International Music Day, we’ll explore sample writings inspired by music—whether a particular genre, song, or musician—and write our own musically ekphrastic pieces.