People Writing Poems ::

Writing into the time of the Pan


online 6 week course

It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there.

― William Carlos Williams, Asphodel, That Greeny Flower Other Love Poems

People Writing Poems :: Writing Into the time of the Pan

on line

Monday Eves: 6-8

April 27-June 1, 2020

Free (or make-up) class June 8, 2020

This Spring Poetry session is about finding our own voices now. We may be slightly challenged by reading poets we may not fully understand right away in the way we usually understand. And then there is the poet who speaks to something in us—we feel it, viscerally. It has to do with stepping aside on the trail, in the store and awareness of being alone and being too close to strangers. The hidden parts of ourselves may not have had the chance to arrive. Small voices find texture, volume, rhythm.

What spreads and what narrows?

What would you rather omit.

Poetry as a practice.

A big trust in the writing itself.

This is how it usually goes: We sit for a few minutes. Write. 10 minutes. Study and discuss a new poem. Write. 30 minutes. Share our work. THEN! I mail you an envelope addressed to me, you put your poem there, send it, I write feedback and send it to you. OR you send me a poem word doc and I copy it and send to you. I try to find poems that suit you.


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. You’ll receive weekly individual written feedback and reading suggestions from Katharine.

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

~ have tea and a little snack



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