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Elline Lipkin
Enrollment limit: 8 students
$130 new; $120 returning

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 is open to students of all levels will be held online in real time using the Zoom platform. We will contact you with more details.

Two Saturdays
September 1 and 8, 2018
10:00 am to 12:00 pm (Pacific)

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 Salon.com, 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