Beginning at the End with Rachelle Toarmino

Saturday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m. PT

Deciding where to break the line can transform the meaning, rhythm, and impact of a poem. In this workshop, we’ll look at some of the most common ways to break the line in free verse, study their effects, and experiment with them to reimagine poems of our own.

Short Poems with Jessica Abughattas

Saturday, April 17 at 10:00 a.m. PT

Short but not always sweet, the small poem gets right to the point by design. Its directness and size make it Instagrammable, but not any less profound than its longer counterparts. In this 1.5 hour class, we’ll look at poems that contain a grand gesture in only a few lines, consider forms for short poems, and try some generative exercises to revise our own work. Please come prepared to write, and bring a draft for a revision exercise.

The Sex Poem with Benjamin Garcia

Saturday, April 24 at 10:00 a.m. PT

Writing about sex is nothing new, Sappho did it, Shakespeare did it, John Donne, Andrew Marvell. Even Emily Dickinson did it, though it’s still debated with whom. Why do we continue to explore a subject that so many others have written about so well? How can a writer avoid the pitfalls of engorged embarrassment, pulsing cliché, throbbing cringe? Where is the line between sexy and creepster? Between flirtatious and harassing? In this workshop we’ll explore how intention and context shape our reading of a sex poem, which is a lens we can then apply to our own writing.  

Performance Workshop with Jeremy Radin

Mondays, April 5 - April 26 at 3:00 p.m. PT

Wednesdays, April 7 - April 28 at 6:00 p.m. PT

Talk To Me is a four-week intensive focused on the performance of your own writing. This is a no-frills workshop in the style of a scene-study acting class: you show up, read your work out loud, and we talk about it. The focus in on clear communication; how to best make yourself understood, how to find and latch onto a simple point of view in whatever you’re writing—poetry, fiction, non-fiction, etc—and how to generously lead your audience through the emotional landscape of your piece. This class aims to guide you, using gentle and sustainable techniques,  through whatever blocks you from fully expressing your unique self, into the clear and urgent communication that already exists in your work.

Only 6 spots in each session.