Writing and Teaching from the Heart

The Poet’s Studio

THE POET’S STUDIO

Upcoming Classes 2021-2022

The Poet’s Studio Workshops are open to anyone who wants to generate new writing, strengthen editing skills and collaborate with other writers by sharing work and providing thoughtful feedback in a virtual workshop space. If you are new to poetry workshops, this is a safe space where everybody, no matter what level, has something to contribute.

The Poet’s Studio: The Art of Observation
Three Sessions
Wednesdays, October 13th – October 27th
7:00 – 9:30 pm (EST) 

Good poems often come from careful observation. Observation includes focusing on the sensory details around us – the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures from the physical world – often in the natural world. In this three session workshop, we will read a variety of observation poems in a mixture of forms, focus on the practice of close observation, and learn how to turn detailed observation into poems. A portion of each workshop session will focus on feedback on your poems.

I write for other people with the hope that I can help them to see the wonderful things within their everyday experiences. In short, I want to show people how interesting the ordinary world can be if you pay attention. — Ted Kooser

The Poet’s Studio: A Field Guide to the Heart* Fall Poetry Workshop
Georgia Heard & Rebecca Kai Dotlich

With Guest Poet Kelli Russell Agodon
Wednesday, November 3rd & 10th
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (EST)

*With this workshop, each participant will receive one copy of our new fall release poetry book and journal A Field Guide to the Heart: Poems of Love, Comfort and Hope.

Inspired by Wordsworth’s words that poetry is “the spontaneous overflow of feelings,” join Georgia Heard & Rebecca Kai Dotlich in learning how to tap into your feelings and express the depth of your heart by using figurative language, imagery, concrete details, well-chosen words among other craft tools, to convey strong emotion and engage your reader. In this two session workshop, we will share a variety of poems that, hopefully, do just that. A portion of each session will focus on feedback on your individual work.

Guest Poet Kelli Russell Agodon. Kelli is an award-winning poet, writer, and editor from the Pacific Northwest. She is the cofounder of Two Sylvias Press and serves on the poetry faculty at the Rainier Writing Workshop. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, O, The Oprah Magazine as well as on “The Writer’s Almanac.” Her most recent book is Dialogues with Rising Tides. Read more about Kelli at her website www.agodon.com.

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Georgia Heard

Georgia Heard has taught at Poet’s House, Teachers College, Columbia University, Gothenburg University, and elsewhere around the world. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Writers’ Workshop.

She is a founding member of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and the author of ten books on writing, an anthology of poetry The Woman In This Poem: Women’s Voices in Poetry (PlumleafPress, 2015) and her most recent poetry book & journal A Field Guide to the Heart: Poems of Love, Comfort and Hope co-authored with Rebecca Kai Dotlich (PlumleafPress, 2021) and numerous children’s poetry picture books including her newest Boom! Bellow! Bleat! Animal Poems for Two Or More Voices (Boyds Mills & Kane, 2019) and My Thoughts Are Clouds: Poems for Mindfulness ( Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group).You can follow her on Twitter: @Georgiaheard1 and Instagram@@Georgiaheard1

The Poet’s Studio Poetry for Children Workshops

The Poet’s Studio will be offering a series of workshops for those poets who want to write poetry for children. Georgia Heard and Rebecca Kai Dotlich will be co-leading these workshops. Stay tuned for more offerings…

Rebecca Kai Dotlich

Rebecca Kai Dotlich’s poetry has appeared in anthologies, periodicals, and magazines, and she has authored dozens of children’s books. Rebecca teaches poetry workshops to writers, teachers, and students across the country. To learn more about Rebecca, check out her website www.rebeccakaidotlich.com, and follow her on Instagram @rebeccakaipoet and Twitter @Rebeccaka

The Poet’s Studio: Writing Poetry with Humor & Delight

Saturday Plus Intensive

with Guest Poet former Children’s Poet Laureate KENN NESBITT

and Boyds Mills Press & Kane Editor Extraordinaire REBECCA M. DAVIS

DATE CHANGE: Saturday, December 4th
10:00 am – 1:00 pm (est)
$125

Whether you’re beginning your poetry journey or have written poetry for years join Georgia Heard & Rebecca Kai Dotlich for a Saturday Writing Poetry with Humor & Delight Workshop. In this one session, we will lighten up and look at how to write poems that are both clever and humorous; whimsical poems that delight children and make them smile and laugh out loud. We will take a look at the tradition of humor in children’s poetry from Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, J. Patrick Lewis and Mary Ann Hoberman, as we discuss different kinds of humor from the observational to the absurd and how it works using tools such as repetition, rhyme, and pacing. We will give several pop-up poetry writing prompts to inspire new and creative work. Poet Kenn Nesbitt will be our special guest this morning where he will share his expertise on writing humorous poetry for children.  The session will end with our popular Poetry-at-a-Glance where editor Rebecca M. Davis will provide on the spot, brief yet specific critique on your new poem or a poem in progress. Be sure to bring your wit and whimsy as we look at what makes children laugh.

Guest Poet Kenn Nesbitt is the former Children’s Poet Laureate, author of dozens of books for children and an anthologist. His website, Poetry4kids, is described as an online “Funny Poetry Playground” that features poems, lessons, and poetry-related activities.

Guest Editor Rebecca M. Davis is senior editor at Boyds Mills & Kane Press and Wordsong, the only imprint in the United States dedicated to children’s poetry. She has been editing children’s books for over twenty years, including at Greenwillow Books and Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. She has worked with poets including Lee Bennett Hopkins, Jane Yolen, and Nikki Grimes.

The Poet’s Studio: STORYTELLING in Children’s Poetry

Saturday Plus Intensive
Georgia Heard & Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Saturday, January 8th
10:00 am – 1:00 pm (est)
$125

with Guest Poet GEORGE ELLA LYON

Whether you’re beginning your poetry journey or have written poetry for years join Georgia Heard & Rebecca Kai Dotlich for our second Saturday Children’s Poetry Plus Intensive. On this day, we’ll focus on children’s poems that tell short and important stories. We will explore a variety of narrative poems followed by a poetry writing prompt to inspire new and creative work. Our special guest poet will be poet and writer George Ella Lyon who will share her process of writing narrative poetry for children. The session will end with our popular Poetry-at-a-Glance where we will provide on the spot, brief yet specific critique on your new poem. Spend a Saturday morning exploring storytelling poems.

Guest Poet George Ella Lyon is perhaps best known for her wildly popular “Where I’m From” poem which has inspired thousands of poets all around the world to write their own version. She is former Kentucky Poet Laureate, author of dozens of award-winning picture books for children, as well as the author of children’s and young adult fiction, and numerous poetry books. She currently gives author visits and teaches writing workshops.

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The Poet’s Studio: How to Write and Publish a Children’s Poetry Picture Book Collection Georgia Heard & Rebecca Kai Dotlich    

Guest Appearances, Poet Extraordinaire JOYCE SIDMAN & Fabulous Editor of Nearly 1,000 Children’s Books, EMMA DRYDEN and Founder of drydenbks  

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Three Sessions
Wednesday, February 16th, Saturday, February 19th & Wednesday, February 23rd

7:00 – 9:00 PM (EST)

In this 3 session workshop, we’ll be focusing 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. Joyce Sidman, poet and Newbury Honor winning author, and guest editor Emma D. Dryden will be our special guests.

Guest Poet Joyce Sidman is a Newbury Honor winning author of many award-winning children’s poetry books, including the Newbury Honor-winning Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, and two Caldecott Honor books. Her most recent books are Hello Earth! Poems to Our Planet and Dear TreeFrog. Joyce also has received the NCTE Award for Excellence in Children’s Poetry for her body of work.

Guest Editor Emma D Dryden established her premier children’s editorial and publishing consultancy firm, drydenbks, in 2010 after two decades as a highly regarded children’s book editor and publisher with Simon & Schuster. During her tenure as VP, Publisher of Atheneum and Margaret K. McElderry Books, she oversaw the annual publication of more than one-hundred hardcover and paperback titles. Over the course of her thirty-five year career, Emma has edited more than 1,000 books for children and young readers, ranging in genre and format from board books and picture books to MG, YA, NF, and poetry. Emma studied poetry writing with Nancy Willard and Richard Wilbur, and has edited and published numerous poetry and verse picture books, collections, and novels. Books she’s worked on have received numerous awards and medals, including but not limited to the National Book Award Honor, Newbery Honor, and Caldecott Honor, and have hit bestseller lists in USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, as well as other national publications. Emma is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators’ Advisory Council, she teaches numerous writing and craft workshops around the world, and can be found online at: https://drydenbks.com/about/

Workshop Structure

  • Multiple Online Sessions (see specific workshops)
  • verbal feedback from instructor and peers
  • weekly readings and prompts

Fees

Poetry workshops have a base tuition of $285 (unless stated otherwise).

Once registered, you can withdraw from class and receive a prorated refund. If you withdraw more than a week before the 1st meeting you will receive a full refund, minus a $30 processing fee. Withdrawals a week or less before the 1st meeting will receive an 80% refund. There is no refund for withdrawals after the 1st meeting. In the event that workshops don’t have a minimum number of participants I might have to postpone.

Workshop fees can be paid using the form which handles transactions through PayPal.

Past Classes

The Poet’s Studio: Exploring Poetic Forms – FULL
with Special Guest Appearance by Marilyn Singer

Whether you’re beginning your poetry journey, or have written poetry for years, whether you write for children or adults, in this 3 session workshop we will play and explore a wide range of poetic forms such as a Cento, Found poem, Reverso, Aubade, and many more. Poetic form isn’t just about meter and rhyme it encompasses a range of vessels that poems can inhabit. This class is open to everyone. If you’ve already taken my Poetic Forms class, we will be exploring new poetic forms in this workshop.

Tuesdays, March 16th, 23rd, and 30th
7:00-9:30 PM (EST)

Guest Speaker, Marilyn Singer
Marilyn Singer, poet extraordinaire of 100+ books for children and young adult including Follow the Recipe and Mirror, Mirror, is a virtuoso in poetic forms. She created a new form of poetry called Reverso which she will share with us during the workshop.


The Poet’s Studio Winter Revision Intensive Poetry Workshop – FULL

Three Weeks
Tuesdays, January 12th – January 26th

7:00 – 9:30 pm (EST)
Whether you’re just beginning your poetry journey or have worked through many revisions of your poems, receiving constructive feedback is essential to the creative process. In this supportive, critique-centered workshop, each week you will share a poem in progress and receive thoughtful, practical suggestions from Georgia Heard and fellow participants to strengthen your piece.


The Poet’s Studio Summer Workshop – FULL
Four Weeks
Wednesdays July 22nd-August 12th
7:00-9:00 ET


The Poet’s Studio Writing Poetry for Children Summer Workshop with special guest Rebecca Kai Dotlich – FULL
Three Weeks
Thursdays August 6th – August 20th
7:00-9:00 ET


The Poet’s Studio: How to Write a Children’s Poetry Collection Picture Book – FULL

with Guest Appearance by Kate Jacobs, former senior editor at Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Three Weeks
Mondays November 2nd – November 16th

7:00 – 9:15 PM (EST)
In this 3 session workshop, we’ll be focusing 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 the 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. Kate Jacobs, former senior editor at Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group will be our special guest in one of the sessions.

Contact Info

Please email Georgia Heard at Heard_Georgia@yahoo.com (Note: There is an underscore between Heard and Georgia)

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