Courses & Workshops this Autumn

I’m delighted to get back to teaching for Writespace Houston, a non-profit writing center that offers outstanding courses and workshops on all kinds of writing. There are scholarships available for every course! 

All of my courses and workshops take place on Zoom, so you can take them from anywhere you have an internet connection. They’re also on Zoom because we’re still in a pandemic, and I am immunocompromised. I’ll post registration likes when they’re available–probably mid-October.

Creating the Poetry Chapbook: a six-week course

November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7, 6-9 pm

From first poem to final publication, this workshop takes you through the ins and outs of writing, organizing, and sharing poetry in the chapbook format. Chapbooks, which have their origins in early modern Europe, are small collections of poems or prose poems of no more than forty pages. Often centered on a theme, chapbooks are an excellent way of sharing and promoting your poetry. Over the course of this workshop, we will discuss selecting a theme, explore resources for writing, write poems and discuss them together, talk about ways of organizing the poems in the chapbook, and consider different methods of publishing. Some previous experience writing poetry will be helpful, but not required. We’ll be working with Matthew Salesses’s book Craft in the Real World to help guide us in our workshop; I’ll provide scans of the material we’ll use the most, but having a copy on hand isn’t a bad idea.

Poetry in the Palm of Your Hand: a one-day workshop

Saturday, Nov 12, 9:30 – 12:30 pm

Poetry doesn’t need to be long to be profound or funny or beautiful. Discover the joys of writing short poems in this one-day workshop. We’ll talk about using limited forms like haiku to help us be more creative, and how to create an entire scene or mood in just one short stanza. We’ll find inspiration in everyday objects, tell stories in short works, and explore rhyme, meter, and free verse. Writers of all levels are welcome.

Gentle All-Genre Generative: a one-day workshop

Saturday, January 14,  9:30 – 12:30 pm

Wondering what to write right now and how? Finding it hard to process the pandemic and all of the surrounding turmoil? This gentle, restorative workshop will use writing exercises and prompts to help you re-center and enjoy writing again during and after a very difficult time. All genres are welcome, from non-fiction to poetry to speculative fiction to memoir—or explore a different genre in each prompt! Over the course of this three-hour workshop, we’ll talk about the pandemic and its effect on us as writers, our fears and hopes, and what it means to practice writing. We’ll use several ideas for writing exercises from Natalie Goldberg’s classic Writing Down the Bones to get re-accustomed to writing without self-censoring, to encourage writing with intent, and to have fun writing playfully. We’ll share our in-workshop writing and talk about presenting new work with confidence. Writers can be of any experience level; feel free to bring works already in progress or simply come ready to renew your love of writing in a supportive, affirmative environment where all creativity is valued and celebrated.

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