SUMMER 2018 – POETRY
Enrollment limit: 8 students
$130 new; $120 returning
Welcome the Muse—A Generative Poetry Seminar
with Elline Lipkin
September 1 and 8, 2018
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
In this two-day online seminar, students will engage with a variety of exercises and poetry prompts to get them writing. During week one, we will look at examples of successful and surprising poems and then try imitation, playful experimentation, and different tricks to engage with the seeds of poem-ideas from new angles. During our second class meeting, we will continue experimenting as well as creatively revising the work generated during the week to see how we can further improve each poem. Perhaps a long poem needs to be shorter or one image needs expansion? We'll talk about how to find the "white heat" of a poem and work through drafts to coax out the central idea lurking within the work.
This class will be held online in real time using the Zoom platform. We will contact you with more details.
Enrollment limit: 8 students
$200 new; $175 returning
Submission Support Group with Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo
12:00-1:00 pm (Pacific)
July 7 to September 8 (with no class on July 21 or September 1)
The submission support group is back by popular demand! Participating writers will meet weekly to focus specifically on sending out their work for publication or other literary opportunities with Women Who Submit co-founder Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo. There will be no written assignments beyond 1) prepare to submit, 2) submit, and 3) support the other people in the group as they submit. During your time together, you'll pool your knowledge of literary journals and magazines, agents, small presses, contests, and other calls for submission. The group will also discuss how to stand out in the slush pile and what makes for a successful query letter, book proposal, and residency application. The first two submission support groups have produced over a dozen acceptances or recognitions so far, including poetry, fiction, and photography publication, a nonfiction book contract, performance on a podcast, and honorable mention by Daniel Handler.
This group is open to writers of all genres and levels, as long as they are prepared to actively submit their work over the course of the term. The eight meetings will be held online in real time using the Zoom platform. We will contact you with details.
LOS ANGELES WORKSHOPS
Poetry I with Kim Young at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock
7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 12, 2018 to September 6, 2018 (with no class on August 2
Through original creative work, revision, reading, and discussion, this eight-week workshop will focus on making poems that are driven by a keen attention to language, image, and sound. Our task will to engage with each other’s work and the weekly readings in order to explore the ways poetry can recover more complex imaginative and perceptive possibilities. As poet Mark Doty wisely asserts: “Our metaphors go on ahead of us, they know before we do.” We will be putting Doty’s assertion to the test with an emphasis on generative writing exercises that lead us into surprising and productive creative spaces.
This class is open to students at all levels and will take place at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served. If you would like to join a waitlist for this class, please email us at email@example.com.
Poetry II with Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo in West Hollywood
7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 10 to September 11 (with no class on July 24 or September 4)
Building on elements and tools examined in Poetry I, such as imagery, sound, figurative language, line, and form, poets will read contemporary work from Cathy Linh Che, Chen Chen, Natalie Diaz, Morgan Parker, Javier Zamora, and others with a critical eye, looking for strategies to use in their own work. In this eight week workshop, we will pay special attention to witness poetry and writing on humor, sex, and sensuality, while also looking at point of view, voice, and tone. Each class meeting will include a short lesson on one of the previously mentioned topics and a workshop of student poems. Previous experience studying poetry and/or enrollment in Poetry I or Mixed Levels Poetry is recommended but not required.
This class will take place in West Hollywood, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served. If you would like to join a waitlist for this class, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.