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When do I know a poem is finished? I’m among those who believe a work is never finished, only abandoned.
– Nicole Sealey
“This intensive workshop is designed for poets seeking to elevate their craft and hone the art of revision,” says instructor Thea Matthews. “The premise is not to emphasize a means to overly revise, and puncture our poems beyond repair. No, not at all! 'Be Bold’ will provide a safe, constructive environment for students to feel empowered and to seek endless possibilities with their poetry.”
Each week of class there will be a poetry reading selected by Thea, generative writing time with prompts, and workshopping. During the five weeks of class, each student will get at least three opportunities to have their poems workshopped by the group. During workshops, Thea will offer exercises and techniques to assist students with their revision process. Students will then be invited to turn in revised poems to receive additional feedback from her.
“The central aim of this workshop is to get everyone excited about writing and revising their poetry while having fun discovering new possibilities of previously drafted work,” says Thea. “I want students to get to the place where they can comfortably abandon a poem and move on to what is waiting to be written next. We’ll close our time together with a ‘final’ reading, highlighting our glory.”
This course is great for intermediate and advanced levels, and welcomes students who have or have not yet been published.
*To create an intimate classroom environment and to ensure each student receives ample workshopping time, this class will be capped at 12 students.
About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes
You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thea Matthews is a poet, author, and educator originally from San Francisco, California. She holds an MFA in poetry from New York University; and her work has appeared in Southern Indiana Review, Interim, Aster(ix) Journal, Tahoma Literary Review, The New Republic, and others. Her first book Unearth [The Flowers] (Red Light Lit Press, 2020) was listed as part of Kirkus Reviews’s Best Indie Poetry of 2020. She lives in Brooklyn.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, July 31, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, August 07, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, August 14, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, August 21, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, August 28, 10:30am-1:00pm
I loved Thea's teaching style. She was great at inspiring confidence and welcoming all different voices.