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"Have you always loved poetry but don’t know how to begin writing your own poems?" asks instructor Kathy Garlick. "Are you intimidated but intrigued by the art form, with its marriage of 'sound and sense'? Have you been writing poetry secretly for years, but kept it all hidden in a drawer or safely ensconced in the pages of your journal?"

In this 5-week class, we will explore poetry together, none of us traveling to precisely the same place, but all of us keeping one another company on the journey. Weekly writing prompts will surprise and inspire the imagination. So will our discussions on craft while reading the poetry of Claudia Rankine, Ocean Vuong, Mark Doty and Elizabeth Bishop, among others.

"Through both readings and writing exercises, we’ll discover what makes a poem a transformative event," says Kathy. "We’ll concentrate on writing with our own individual voices, our own emotional richness. By the end of five weeks, you’ll be able to uncover the emotional truths that most compel you to write.”  


About The Writing Salon's In-Person Classes

In-person class schedules are subject to sudden change or cancellation due to Covid. We will communicate any course changes to you as quickly as possible. Masking, social distancing, and other Covid measures will be enforced in accordance with local guidelines. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about your class. If you have any questions about in-person learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at hello@writingsalons.com.



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  1. Tuesday, January 23, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  2. Tuesday, January 30, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  3. Tuesday, February 06, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  4. Tuesday, February 13, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  5. Tuesday, February 20, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Kathy is an absolutely excellent teacher. She created a comfortable environment and gave great examples. As a beginner, it was the perfect springboard to help me move forward.

    Erin O.
  • Kathy is amazing and full of subject matter expertise. She did a wonderful job encouraging us all to explore and share our poetic voices.

    Camille D.


Wed, January 24 @ 2:30 am PST
Wed, February 21 @ 5:00 am PST
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Kathy Garlick


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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