The Poet’s Studio online workshops are open to anyone who wants to generate new writing, and collaborate with other writers by sharing work and providing thoughtful feedback in a virtual workshop space. The workshops feature inspiring craft lessons and poetry prompts as well as positive feedback and encouragement. If you are new to poetry, this is a safe space where everybody, no matter what level, has something valuable to contribute. All classes are intended for writers who write for both adults as well as children (except where it specifically states otherwise) as we believe that learning the craft of poetry applies to all poetry no matter what age. See a list of current online workshops below. (All workshops will be offered via Zoom)
Now open for registration
Georgia Heard & Rebecca Kai Dotlich (3 sessions) 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (est)
Wednesdays, September 28th, October 5th, & 12th
Whether you’re just beginning your poetry journey or you’ve written poetry for years and just need to bring inspiration and joy back into your writing this workshop provides a supportive and generative environment in which to begin (or continue) writing. Each week we will read and discuss poems we love, and can learn from, and give inspiring poetry prompts. You are invited to share a poem in progress every week and receive thoughtful, practical suggestions from Georgia Heard & Rebecca Kai Dotlich. We’ll discuss imagery, emotions, structure, voice and we will guide you in your process of writing your heartfelt poems.
Please note: so that we can effectively give your poems a close reading and useful feedback, poems will need to be no longer than 20 lines.
Monday, September 12th 6:30 – 7:30 pm (est)
Using my book My Thoughts Are Clouds: Poems for Mindfulness as our mentor text we will celebrate Mindfulness Day by reading and writing poetry. We’ll start the session with a simple and short mindfulness practice, then read and discuss several mindfulness poems and engage in a poetry writing exercise. This is an ideal workshop for those looking to de-stress, reset, and restart their poetry writing practice and for teachers who want to bring mindfulness into the classroom.
Georgia Heard & Rebecca Kai Dotlich (3 sessions) 6:30 – 8:30 pm (est)
Wednesdays, October 26th, November 2nd & 9th
One of the goals of poetry is to make our readers see the world in a new way and the work of a poet is to avoid cliché and defy expectations. But how do we do that? In this workshop, we will explore surprise in poems – from odd word pairings to leaps in meaning, metaphor and music. We will read and discuss poems that offer unpredictability in both form and content. There will be out of class writing prompts that invite you to play and generate original work. We will also have time during each session for critiquing of new poems written specifically for this workshop.
Georgia Heard & Rebecca Kai Dotlich (3 sessions) 6:30 – 8:30 pm (est)”
Wednesdays, November 30th, December 7th, December 14th
Georgia Heard & Rebecca Kai Dotlich will focus this workshop on how to create a children’s poetry picture book from start to finish. First, we’ll brainstorm a variety of themes, topics and ideas for a poetry picture book collection and then poets will start to build a table of contents and plan an organizational structure. We’ll study a range of possible poetic styles and genres, and take a look at one or two individual poems from your manuscript. Please note: If you’ve taken this workshop before, we will be offering new tips and suggestions so feel free to sign up a second time.
Thursday, December 1st 7:30 – 8:30 pm (est)
Complimentary to all poets who sign up for any fall 2022 Poet’s Studio workshop. Please bring one poem (25 lines or less) to read at our Poet’s Studio Listening Party where we will celebrate your words and spend a joyful and poetic evening in each other’s company. Be sure to bring your favorite snack and warm drink (possibly hot chocolate?). This is not critique session but a community gathering of like-minded poets.