Poetry is meat and meet. Sustenance and connection. Poetry has the power to illuminate the human condition. To bond crafted words and considered ideas, and, most importantly perhaps, create relationships between people. This is my pain, this is my beauty – I share it with you, and I connect with you through your pain, your beauty. Poetry is wings. It takes us from one place to another. It takes us to places we might not normally go. Poetry helps us feel less alone.
Do you long to create those connections with your words? Do you hope to develop a writing practice or more fully explore all the different aspects of writing poetry.
I am offering several online courses for anyone who wants to learn more about writing and appreciating poetry.
Finding Your Lost Words: a one month jumpstart into journaling
Starting December 1, each day you will receive a writing prompt to help you not only get a jumpstart on keeping a journal for 2018, but also to set up some concrete writing goals that excite you. In addition you’ll receive some food for thought and encouragement from me and from writers throughout the ages to help you along the way.
I’ve been keeping a journal for over fifteen years, and I can honestly say that it not only helps me sort out how I feel about what is happening in my life, but it is also the garden from which most of my poetry springs. Let me help you create a daily habit that will sustain your desire to write creatively and help you be more mindful and attentive to your world.
This is the same course that was offered in January 2017. If you missed it then, now’s your chance.
Starting January 1, 2018, we’ll walk the Haiku Path together. This is truly a poetry-as-daily-practice offering to help you start the year off creating your own path to paying closer attention to the world around you. In 2015, I wrote a haiku each evening and though it taught me to be a better poet, it also taught me how to be more alive every hour of the day.
You will receive an email every other day throughout the month offering instruction in haiku technique, sample haiku from the masters and from contemporary poets, and a writing prompt to consider during the following days. You will find yourself looking at the world with new eyes, and I hope you will start to develop a practice that will carry you and your writing further as you continue into the new year.
This year, if there are more than ten participants, we will have a private Facebook Group so that you can share work if you wish.
At the end of the month, I will read five of the haiku you’ve written and offer individual feedback.
Now in session! Hooray!
Starting in February 2018, receive twice weekly emails that contain both instruction and inspiration to write love poems. The subject is entirely up to you, but this four-week course is meant to help you explore the imagery and language of love. There will be lessons specific to developing fresh metaphor, sonically rich writing, and playing with form. Each mailing will include sample poem(s), instruction, and a specific prompt.
At the end of the course, you will be able to send me two poems for a personal critique.