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.

  •  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 (marj@marjhahne.com), and you can purchase any single session for $39.

  • 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.

  • POME: Experiments in Language

When: 4 Sundays, October 4, 11, 18, 25 // 6:30–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:30–5:30 PM (Pacific)

Cost:  $99 (payable through PayPal)

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun,” says author and activist Mary Lou Cook. In this language lab, we’ll investigate, observe, measure, dissect, replicate, manipulate, and validate our words. We’ll go out into the field of language—equipped with innovative/unconventional forms and exercises—to question our hypotheses about and discover new elements in the poem-making process. All word scientists, poetic and prosaic, will be enlivened by these leaps to the place that spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen calls “a mysterious point between the present and future…the very point where something comes from nothing.”

  • 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.