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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 October. 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 has mentored hundreds of writers at Skyline College, The Writing Salon, and other colleges, and she has taught/advised student teachers in the credential program at Mills College. She serves as a reviewer for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, sponsored by the Stanford University Libraries, sponsor/judge for the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition, and coordinator of Women on Writing community events. Her memoir, poetry, and fiction have been published in the Healing Muse, Unsplendid, Poets 11, Spirituality & Health, Tilt-a-Whirl, Tule Review, A Bird Black as the Sun: California Poets on Crows and Ravens, and elsewhere. In 2012 Kathleen won the Rita Dove Poetry Award, and Naomi Shihab Nye selected her work as the winner of the national poetry competition sponsored by the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. Finishing Line Press published her chapbook, Almost the Rowboat, in January 2013.

  1. Friday, July 14, 6:00pm-8:00pm
  2. Friday, July 28, 6:00pm-8:00pm
  3. Friday, August 11, 6:00pm-8:00pm
  4. Friday, August 25, 6:00pm-8:00pm
  5. Friday, September 8, 6:00pm-8:00pm
  6. Friday, September 22, 6:00pm-8:00pm
  7. Friday, October 6, 6:00pm-8:00pm
  8. Friday, October 20, 6:00pm-8:00pm
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Friday, July 14, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
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San Francisco
2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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4 people are attending Embracing the Hush Hour: Deepen Your Poetry Practice

  • Ben Jackson
  • kristin long
  • Laura Kerr
  • Kathleen Wallace


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Embracing the Hush Hour: Deepen Your Poetry Practice$360.00

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