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This workshop is intended for people who want to jumpstart their poetry practice and to keep the engine oiled. You'll do plenty of writing and reading, and have lively discussions about both the craft and the process of poetry.

The weekly homework assignments (workshopped the following week) are designed to provide fresh angles of approach that can surprise, even startle, both the writer and his/her readers. "We all get stuck in ruts," Julie says, "and the class offers ways of digging ourselves out, whether we use these strategies to simply get started at writing or to revise a particularly challenging poem."

The class is suitable for a wide spectrum of people. "We've had students with an interest in poetry but no experience writing it, and others with MFA's from Iowa, and it's always been a good mix,” says Julie. "The focus of the class is generative--to get everybody going and excited about doing new work, to take away strategies that can help with their current and future writing--and to have a great time while we're at it."



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  1. Thursday, September 21, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  2. Thursday, September 28, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  3. Thursday, October 5, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  4. Thursday, October 19, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  5. Thursday, October 26, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  • I recently finished Julie Bruck’s workshop, and just wanted to drop you a note to say what I know many others have said before me: that she’s fantastic! She’s able to give meaningful feedback to poets of every aesthetic and all backgrounds (post-MFA to first poetry workshop) and she’s upbeat, focused, kind, and encourages a lot of fun. I’ve taken many workshops, and I work as a creative writing teacher for high school students, and I was impressed every week by Julie’s unflagging energy and committed thoughtfulness. She’s a gem! I know why she has return students who have worked with her for years!

  • After writing poetry for years in college and then letting the craft go dormant for a few years, Julie’s class reawakened the poet in me like never before. Julie is passionate, insightful, and practical, and relates to students like friends. I was really able to internalize what I learned in this class and get to a much deeper level with my work and my voice as a poet. This class has been a very significant event in my writing career.

    Kelly Jean Egan


Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 2:00 am PDT
Friday, October 27, 2017 @ 4:30 am PDT
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San Francisco
2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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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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