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Where do our poems come from, and once we’ve found our poetic material, how can we give it voice, form, and music, and bring it to life for readers? “Whether you’re an experienced poet or just starting out,” says instructor Heather June Gibbons, “this generative, multi-week class will offer craft lessons and writing exercises to help you find fresh sources of inspiration and further develop your skills and voice.”
We will meet online four times over the course of seven weeks in a supportive, fun environment. Each class will include an interactive craft lesson, lively discussion, writing prompts, and time to write and share. Heather says, “In the weeks between class meetings, I’ll provide you with readings that exemplify the techniques we study, an additional writing prompt, and encouragement and ideas for developing your material further. Please note that this is a generative craft class, not a workshop. Though you will have chances to share your writing with the group for positive feedback, we will not spend time on peer critique.”
By the end of the class, you’ll have new poems, fresh inspiration and insights into your own creative process, and stronger technique, as well as the support and momentum that comes from being part of a vibrant and nurturing class community.
About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes
Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon is running all classes in a remote learning format. 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.
Heather June Gibbons is the author of the poetry collection Her Mouth as Souvenir, winner of the 2017 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Sore Songs and Flyover, and her poems appear widely in literary journals. She received an MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Callen Graduate Scholar, and she has been the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. An award-winning instructor who has taught at a number of universities, she teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University, and in the community.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, July 19, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, August 02, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, August 16, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, August 30, 2:00pm-4:30pm
Heather was an inspiring and supportive teacher. The beginning of each class clearly laid out the elements of the theme and tools to apply them to our work, and the sharing portion of each class was strengths-focused. Heather has a deep love of words and creating that comes through in the class, and it did make me feel more energized.
"Heather was great, she was engaging and fun. She created a relaxing atmosphere and helped me to overcome this sense of stage fright with sharing in front of others."