Fire It Up!
Rejuvenating Your Poetry Practice

  with Elline Lipkin

11:00 am to 1:00 pm (Pacific)
May 4 to June 8, 2019

In the hubbub of managing everyday life (never mind a job, family duties, and other responsibilities), it can seem like there isn't time to keep up a poetry practice. This online class will be a weekly two-hour creative oasis in which we will make the time. During our meetings, we will study an aspect of craft and then do generative writing exercises as well as give feedback on student work. There will be brief poetry prompts sent out midweek to keep you motivated and to cultivate steady practice. The goal at the end of our six weeks will be to have at least four polished poems and many more drafts. We will try writing a "micro poem," a praise poem, a "lightning bolt" poem, and a walking poem, among other ideas designed to help you capture inspiration and then set words to screen or paper. 

This class is open to students of all levels and will meet online in real time using the Zoom platform. We will contact you with details closer to the date of the class.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$315 for new students; $285 for returning students

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Elline Lipkin is a scholar and poet who has edited for a variety of newspapers, magazines, and journals. Her collection of poetry The Errant Thread was chosen by Eavan Boland for the Kore Press First Book Award. Her second book, Girls’ Studies, explores contemporary girlhood in America and was published by Seal Press. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature. She is widely published as a poet and her nonfiction writing has appeared in, Ms., and other contemporary sources. A former resident at Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Contemporary Arts, and Dorland, Elline has been a speaker at the Napa Valley Writers Conference and the Writer-in-Residence at the Paper & Book Intensive. Elline has taught creative writing to students of all ages and was until recently the Poet Laureate of Altadena. 


“Elline Lipkin was a kind, generous, and encouraging teacher with a wealth of knowledge about poetry. She created a workshop environment where each student could bring their voice to the table, no matter how different our poetic styles were. She thoughtfully considered everyone’s comments during discussions, had helpful recommendations about our work, and was very responsive to requests to talk about our poetry outside of class. It was a pleasure to spend my evenings with Elline and our workshop group!” —Claire Cronin

"Elline Lipkin‘s workshop is as good as—if not better than—the workshops and craft classes I had during my poetry MFA.” —Kevin Giberson

“I’ve attended two consecutive WWLA poetry classes taught by Elline Lipkin and I will return again. Elline is a wonderfully knowledgeable teacher and working poet. She brings fresh content to each class and presents a curriculum designed to stretch her students’ skills. Additionally, and very importantly, Elline is a great champion of her students’ work.” —Merna Skinner

“Elline Lipkin‘s teaching approach is well balanced. We spent about equal time examining a wealth of poetry from an eclectic variety of noted poets, and the poetry of fellow class members. We studied a broad range of poetry types and styles, making sure to spend sufficient time on the more difficult aspects in order to dig deep enough to gain a more thorough understanding. Her criticism is gentle and supportive, but also very enlightening in helping each poet develop his strengths and eliminate his weaknesses. Having the class in someone’s home also added to the experience. It was very fun and informal and I believe helped everyone to be more open with their poetry and critiques.” —David Slavin