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.

  • CROSS MY ART AND HOPE TO FLY: What Can Writers Learn from the Other Arts?

When:  Every Thursday, month-to-month // 12:00–1:00 PM (Eastern) / 9:00–10:00 AM (Pacific)

Cost:  $22/calendar-month  (you may commit to and purchase on a month-to-month basis)

“The only art I’ll ever study is stuff that I can steal from,” said musician David Bowie, suggesting that a practitioner of one artform can expand his/her range by paying attention to all the arts: musical, literary, visual, cinematic, theatrical, dance, architectural, magic, and comedic arts. Every Thursday, we will study a brief sample of a nonliterary artform, discuss what it can teach us about artistic conceptualization, craft, and presentation, and then apply that to our own writing. Each session’s focus will be a surprise! You may commit to this series on a month-to-month basis.

  • 14 LINES TO LIBERATION: Writing the American Sonnet

When:  4 Sundays, February 7, 14, 21, 28 // 6:30–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:30–5:30 PM (Pacific)

Cost:  $99 (payable through PayPal)

What’s so “American” about the American sonnet? The rugged individualism and pioneer spirit ingrained in the American identity has been expanding the province of the sonnet since the 19th century, departing from its traditional counterparts in terms of rhyme scheme, meter, and subject matter. Is the American sonnet, then, an act of resistance, or an homage, or both? We’ll explore this question through a brief review of traditional sonnet models, the reading of contemporary American sonnets, and the writing of our own.

  • COLOR/LINE/PLANE: Writing Through the Art of Hans Hofmann and Piet Mondrian

When:  4 Sundays, March 7, 14, 21, 28 // 6:30–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:30–5:30 PM (Pacific)

Cost:  $99 (payable through PayPal)

Abstract artist Piet Mondrian said, “Every true artist has been inspired more by the beauty of lines and color and the relationships between them than by the concrete subject of the picture.” Does this assertion apply to the literary artist? Are we inspired more by the beauty of (language) lines and (word) tone and the relationships between them than by the concrete subject of, say, the poem or lyric essay? To mark the birthdays of two distinct abstractionists—Piet Mondrian (March 7) and Hans Hofmann (March 21)—we’ll explore their paintings to discern how they respectively execute color, line, and plane, and then create literary equivalents that translate those artistic principles.

  • ECSTATIC INSURGENCY: Seeing and Saying Like Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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

Cost:  $29 (payable through PayPal)

“[T]here’s an ecstatic mechanism in birds that makes them fly upwards in spite of worms” is how Lawrence Ferlinghetti describes the journey of becoming himself, in his semi-autobiographical novel, Her. To celebrate the 102nd birthday of this firebrand poet and principal publisher of the Beat Generation, we’ll explore how he integrates the insistently personal and the unapologetically populist into his poems and then draft our own ecstatically insurgent writings.

  • THE LITTLE EMOTIONS: Writing Through the Vincent van Goghs Art

When:  Tuesday, March 30  // 6:30–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:30–5:30 PM (Pacific)

Cost:  $29 (payable through PayPal)

Vincent van Gogh knew what poets know: “Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it.” To celebrate the 168th birthday of this timeless painter who left the earth too young, we’ll explore his artworks, discuss poems inspired by his art, and write our own ekphrastic writings, attentive to the little emotions steering them.

  • POEMANATE: Spread the Good Word

When:  2nd Mondays // 12:00–12:30 PM (Eastern) / 9:00–9:30 AM (Pacific)

Cost:  FREE! 

Every second Monday, for 30 minutes, we’ll study the good words of a published poem to determine how it delivers the good word to illuminate our humanity. Then we’ll emanate that humanity: we’ll, en masse, send this poem out—by email, postcard, letter, social media—into our worlds, to our friends, family, and colleagues; to business owners, media representatives, and government officials at the local, state, and federal levels; to whoever you suspect would be strengthened by some heart-opening, some soul-listening.

  • POEMULATE: Your Monthly Upgrade

When:  3rd Wednesdays // 12:00–12:30 PM (Eastern) / 9:00–9:30 AM (Pacific)

Cost:  FREE! 

Weve all heard poet Oscar Wildes famous quote “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”—but that was only half of it: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.” Whoa! Okay, then lets use imitation to uplevel our poetry game. Lets emulate! Every third Wednesday, well explore one published poem and expand our understanding of how a poem works, by mimicking, move by move, the poet’s language and structure.