Early this year, I dipped my toes into the great big online learning world. In January, I offered Haiku Path, a writing course, and it was so much fun to both create the mailings and to interact with the participants. I had wanted to offer a low-pressure learning experience that would allow folks to participate as much or as little as they liked. And the feedback was very positive. I was so pleased with the diversity and beauty of the haiku that were written!
Because I am an early morning writer, I like to imagine people alone at their dawn-lit kitchen tables or tucked away in a coffee shop, mulling over the missive they’ve received, putting their pens to the page. No pressure to perform in a certain way, no nasty feedback, none of the anxieties that new writers can face in classrooms. I know it sounds ridiculous, but I like to imagine myself standing behind new writers, with a hand on their shoulder, whispering in their ears You can do this.
It was not so long ago that I was the person who had shelves of how-to writing books (before online learning really took off). I, too, struggled alone to find writing prompts, get feedback, keep my momentum. I had a full-time job and a heart full of wishes to be a writer, but no idea of how to even get started. How I wish that there had been someone there whispering in my ear keep going, don’t stop, you’re writing!
Let me be that person for you. I’m offering three courses – one per month.
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.
Haiku Path (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.
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.
Each of the courses is offered on sliding scale, so that folks can pay what is comfortable for them. This is one of the ways that I support myself so that I can have the flexibility that a life writing poetry requires. Please sign up at http://www.beingpoetry.net/learn/ and spread the word to your friends! I can’t wait to work with you!