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"I have always been most inspired by poets who take big risks," says instructor Alison Luterman. "Whether that’s in terms of content or form, I like poets who are in touch with the wildness inside themselves, who push the boundaries in order to sing the almost-unsayable." 

In this 3-week class, we'll look at poems by risk-taking poets like Diane Seuss, Danez Smith, and Chen Chen, among others. We’ll use these poems as jumping-off points for our work, doing prompt-driven writing inspired by what we find there. We'll discuss taboos--what do we feel we cannot write about? What would we write if we had no fear, no desire to please the grown-ups? Our conversations will stimulate our creative process and give us permission to take greater leaps in our own work, whether through using charged content or formal techniques like fragmentation and juxtaposition.  

Though this class is not a workshop, there will be opportunities to share your work and receive light feedback from Alison and the group. Beginners through experienced writers are warmly welcomed.


About The Writing Salon's Online Zoom Classes

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.



    Alison Luterman is the author of four books of poetry, including In the Time of Great Fires and Desire Zoo, and an e-book of personal essays, Feral City. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Sun, Rattle, The Atlanta Review, Catamaran, and many other journals and anthologies. She also writes song lyrics, plays, and is interested in hybrid forms. She has been teaching at the Writing Salon for over twenty years, and has also taught through Poets in the Schools, at New College, at Esalen and Omega Institutes and at workshops and conferences around the country. To learn more, you can visit www.alisonluterman.net.

  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, August 29, 2:00pm-4:30pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, September 05, 2:00pm-4:30pm
  3. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, September 12, 2:00pm-4:30pm


Thu, August 29 @ 9:00 pm PDT
Thu, September 12 @ 11:30 pm PDT
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Alison Luterman


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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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