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Slow down from the hustle of the week and turn inward to shape and polish your poems in a warm, comfortable space. “In our time together,” says instructor Kathleen McClung, “we’ll read and talk about work by contemporary writers such as Corrinne Hales, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Kim Bridgford and others. We’ll borrow and build from diverse published poems and tune into our own observations, memories, imaginations, rhythms. We’ll test drive various traditional forms—cento, ghazal, sonnet—as well as explore the elasticity of free verse, aiming for that fine balance of mystery and clarity in each line and stanza.”
The goal of this intimate 8-session class is for each person to finish a handful of new poems for potential publication. We’ll be drafting or revising a poem in between each class meeting; plan to complete 4-8 new works by the end of the class in May. Along the way we’ll share constructive feedback and discuss a variety of resources, including print and online journals, reading series, and contests as possible homes for our wide-ranging work.
This workshop is open to all writers who value the synergy and support of a small group guided by an experienced teacher. Join us two Fridays a month for a replenishing “hush hour” dedicated to moving in fresh and fruitful directions, deepening our craft, and expanding our reach as poets.
Kathleen McClung is the author of two poetry collections, The Typists Play Monopoly and Almost the Rowboat. Her work appears widely in journals and anthologies including Southwest Review, Naugatuck River Review, Mezzo Cammin, The MacGuffin, Forgotten Women, Sanctuary, Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, and elsewhere. Winner of the Rita Dove, Morton Marr, Shirley McClure, and Maria W. Faust national poetry prizes, she is a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee. Associate director of the Soul-Making Keats literary competition, she has mentored hundreds of writers at Skyline College, The Writing Salon, and other colleges and has taught/advised student teachers in the credential program at Mills College. For ten years she has directed Women on Writing: WOW Voices Now on the Skyline campus. In 2018-2019 she is a writer-in-residence at Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.
- Friday, January 19, 6:00pm-8:00pm
- Friday, February 2 6:00pm-8:00pm
- Friday, February 16, 6:00pm-8:00pm
- Friday, March 9, 6:00pm-8:00pm
- Friday, March 23, 6:00pm-8:00pm
- Friday, April 6, 6:00pm-8:00pm
- Friday, April 20, 6:00pm-8:00pm
- Friday, May 4, 6:00pm-8:00pm
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.