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“Combining observation and contemplation, inner and outer worlds, wit and heart, a compelling sonnet shines like a tiny jewel,” says instructor Kathleen McClung. “Contemporary poets—Terrance Hayes, Marilyn Nelson, Kim Bridgford, Molly Peacock, and many others—continue to reclaim this ancient yet durable form to reflect our complicated 21st century lives.”

In our mini-workshop we will read and discuss a selection of provocative and accessible recent sonnets—those that follow a traditional rhyme and meter as well as more experimental variations. Paying close attention to language, punctuation, line breaks, titles, and other elements, we will write new sonnets, both those that abide by rules and those that smash them.

Kathleen says, “By the end of our three hours together, you’ll come away with a deeper understanding of the sonnet’s power and possibilities, drafts of a couple sonnets of your own, and strategies for crafting more in the future.”



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  1. Saturday, February 01, 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Currently I do readings and take any poetry class that Kathleen teaches. I learned to give and receive feedback in Kathleen's class, which allowed me to feel safe reading my work to strangers. In giving feedback I found that focusing on the strengths in a piece was the best place to start and that noting where I felt confused or disconnected often helped the writer tighten the work. Receiving feedback, I found that simply listening and recording the comments, without justifying or explaining, works the best.

    Ellen Woods
  • I really like Kathleen's teaching style. She's a great communicator, and is supportive and constructive in her instruction. All of us in this class benefit from her breadth of knowledge about poetry. As a new poet, I have gained a new understanding of poetry through exposure to many different styles; and while daunting, the confidence to submit my poems.



Saturday, February 1, 2020
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST
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2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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