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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 hello@writingsalons.com.

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Instructor
    Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Thea Matthews is a Brooklyn-based Black Indigenous Mexican author, poet, and educator. She attained her BA in Sociology at UC Berkeley, where she studied and taught June Jordan’s program, Poetry for the People, led by Aya de Leon. Her debut poetry collection, Unearth [The Flowers], was published in June 2020 by Red Light Lit Press and is listed as part of the Best Indie Poetry of 2020 by Kirkus Reviews. She has work in The New Republic, Atlanta Review, The Rumpus, and others. Currently, Thea Matthews is a MFA Poetry candidate at New York University.
Schedule
  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, July 31, 10:30am-1:00pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, August 07, 10:30am-1:00pm
  3. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, August 14, 10:30am-1:00pm
  4. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, August 21, 10:30am-1:00pm
  5. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, August 28, 10:30am-1:00pm
Reviews
  • I loved Thea's teaching style. She was great at inspiring confidence and welcoming all different voices.

    Justine L.

Details

Start:
Sun, July 31 @ 5:30 pm PDT
End:
Sun, August 28 @ 8:00 pm PDT
Cost:
$340.00
Event Categories:
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Website:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85245637763

Venue

Online (BK Zoom)
Online
Live Remote Meetings, ZOOM

Organizer

Thea Matthews

 

Cancellation Policy

10 days or more before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 10% fee OR a refund minus a 20% fee.

3-9 days before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 20% fee OR a refund minus a 30% fee.

2 days or less before the start date for a class, the registrant will not receive a credit or a refund.

The Writing Salon cannot offer refunds, credits, or makeup sessions for classes a student might miss.

In the event of an emergency, we may consider a refund or credit, whether partial or full. We review these requests on a case-by-case basis, and we ask that you notify us as near as possible to the start date for the class.

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