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We’re beginning to remember that the first poets didn’t come out of a classroom, that poetry began when somebody walked off of a savanna or out of a cave and looked up at the sky with wonder and said, “Ahhh.” That was the first poem.

--Lucille Clifton

In this time of social distancing and pandemic, our one-session remote workshop is designed to bypass constriction and limitation by offering portals into imagery, language, and creative expression. Using a variety of prompts, both individual and collaborative, we will dig deep and unearth the material of memory, the raw clay from which to generate new writing, both poetry and prose, in our workshop and beyond.

Your instructors will draw upon Amherst Writers & Artists Method and other practices that center the writer and protect the writer’s voice and vision for the work. Whether you are new to writing or much published, you will find sustenance here. You will leave this class with new poems or short prose pieces, and a trove of inspiration for future work.

Please bring to class one object that holds memory and story for you: e.g., a river rock found on a walk with a beloved, a childhood book or toy, an item of clothing worn during a momentous time in your life.

* This class will break for lunch for 30 minutes to one hour. There will also be two short breaks: one in the morning, one in the afternoon.


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 hello@writingsalons.com.



    Maw Shein Win’s poetry chapbooks include Ruins of a glittering palace (SPACommonwealth Projects) and Score and Bone (Nomadic Press). Her full-length collection Invisible Gifts: Poems was published by Manic D Press in 2018. She was a 2019 Visiting Scholar in the Department of English at the University of California, Berkeley and a co-recipient of the Critical Refugee Studies Grant. She has been a visiting instructor, guest speaker, and panelist at Mills College, Dominican University, UC Berkeley, The Writers Grotto, the Napa Valley Writers Conference, among others. Win is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito (2016 – 2018), and her poetry collection Storage Unit for the Spirit House will be published by Omnidawn in 2020.

    A civil rights lawyer turned MFA-wielding English professor, Lee Romer Kaplan grew up shuttling between Israel, Berkeley, and her mother’s native Brooklyn. Her work has secured fellowships to Bread Loaf, Ragdale, Squaw Valley, Tin House, among others, and been a James Jones First Novel Contest, Dana Award for the Novel, and New Millennium Writers finalist. Recent poems have appeared at Tulane Review, essays at Fiction Writers Review, and flash fiction at 100 Word Stories, Postcard Prose & Poems, and in Nothing Short Of: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story. Her novel, set primarily in Jerusalem during the first Lebanon War, TELL ME WHO I AM, is forthcoming.
  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, July 26, 10:00am-4:00pm


Sun, July 26
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Event Category:


Live Remote Meetings, ZOOM
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Registration Deadline

Registration closes 24 hours before the start time for a class.

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 provide refunds, transfer payments, or offer makeup sessions for classes a student might miss, for any reason.

Due to extraordinary circumstances related to COVID-19, we are open to addressing cancellations on a case-by-case basis.

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