People Writing Poems ::
between dream. memory. waking
live. online. 6 week course
~ Poetry repairs the broken world
Monday Eves, 6-8 MDT
July 12- August 16
Six week session $225.
Single Class $40.
Long summer days invite us to pause. The texture of worlds between things is more available. Time stretches. If I look sideways, can I catch the thing that has almost disappeared? The dream, end of dusk, bottom of a breath. What happens to our waking days when we roll from bed slowly, jot something down, write what is fleeting. The boy on the skateboard goes by. The stumbling drunk bee, the long dusk, red sun, fireflies suddenly, a splash. You meet with an old friend and what memories are echoed there? You think, I should write this. Or do you long to sit, lean against the back of a tree, pen in hand, waiting to see what will happen?
Writing poems is a way to sort out your moving days. Writing allows you to access personal rhythms, images, your voice and be touched by the poem itself. In return, the poem influences your mornings, afternoons, nights.
In this writing group each week you’ll receive prompts and write. You’ll share last week’s writing (or current project). You’ll read poets who write in different forms, leaning toward women writers, poets of color, and poets who stir your heart.
This poetry writing workshop is a gentle way to celebrate and share writing. The group can serve as sanctuary in these, our times.
~ read poetry (and be read to)
~ write poems as a practice
~ journey poems, list poems, small poems, place poems, found poems, haiku, hybrid, writing without looking. . .
~ weekly written editing & feedback about your poems
~ weekly poetry writing assignments
~ share your work
~ receive personal suggestions about poets and forms
~ see the worlds through a poet’s eye
~ bloom creativity
~ join friends in making stuff up
In this class you’ll receive private handwritten individual feedback about your weekly poems mailed to you from Katharine.
Send directly through your paypal account or write Katharine to reserve your spot.
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Katharine facilitates her classes with passion and generosity, finding the delicate balance between offering expertise while encouraging self-discovery, experimentation, and new awareness of forms, techniques, wonderfully endless possibilities.
Typically, I write about the same topics for cathartic release, but prompted writing supplemented by incredibly interesting readings helps me grow outside of self-imposed restrictions. Being able to grow in such a safe space, which is the atmosphere both Katharine and my newly found friends always create, allows for a lot more transference and trust in the skill sets I develop as both a writer and a reader. As a teacher of academic writing, also, I find that participating in places where writing can breathe and bend and expand is crucial to my ability to help my students break genre barriers, allowing for more permeable and pliable forms of communication across disciplines and subjectivities.
Katharine chooses poems that provoke and galvanize to discuss and inspire; she’s a thoughtful, brilliant curator. The class also provides a community of like- minded language lovers, who in a zoom salon atmosphere, can together discuss what feels most alive in the poems we analyze. The feedback, suggestions, support and encouragement that Katharine gives to each submitted poem feels as if one’s most private self was being lovingly witnessed.