As poets, we constantly face the blank page. This can be maddening, as the same old fears can haunt us: What do I have to say? Is it interesting enough? Am I writing the same thing over and over? Will I ever write another poem again? In this class, we’ll immerse ourselves in the messiness of the creative process, drawing inspiration from a diverse array of sources—our observations, insights, memories, dreams, and language itself—to jump start our poetry, surprise ourselves, and find new doorways into our poems and ourselves. Through both in-class exercises and critique, we’ll emerge from the class with a rich heap of new writing, and transform the blank page into a space of potential instead of dread.
NOTE: To protect everyone during the Covid-19 pandemic, we're offering this course via Zoom. All students must first sign up for a free Zoom account. Setting it up is easy. And we can help you with questions, if needed. For each class, you'll receive a Zoom "invitation," from the instructor. Click the link...follow the simple directions about the settings for your microphone and in-computer video, and you're immediately in the "room" for the workshop. For critique workshops, instructors will communicate with students about the process of sharing work. For more generative workshops, students will be writing together while on Zoom.