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Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.

- Rita Dove

“What makes a poem powerful? What makes a poem effective?” asks instructor Thea Matthews. “In this introductory course we will focus on Five S’s to enhance our approach to writing poetry: Speaker, Setting, Syntax, Senses, and Structure.”

Over the course of five weeks, you will have the opportunity to write new poems through a series of exercises using the Five S’s as a simple outline. You will be able to share your writing with the group, if desired, and there will be light feedback sessions, which are, again, optional. During class, you will read the work of poets such as Sharon Olds, Ai, Terrance Hayes, and Natalie Diaz to help you apply new techniques in your own poetry.

Thea says, “This class will support each of you as a poet. It will serve as a safe, fostering space for students who have never written poetry before yet long to, or for those who have written poetry and seek a communal class structure to enhance their craft.”


About The Writing Salon's Remote 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.



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  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, January 09, 10:30am-1:00pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, January 16, 10:30am-1:00pm
  3. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, January 23, 10:30am-1:00pm
  4. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, January 30, 10:30am-1:00pm
  5. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, February 06, 10:30am-1:00pm
  • The selection of poems curated by Thea was fantastic. I also loved the structure of the 5 S's. I like how each topic was the focus of each class. I also really felt my fellow poets were very supportive and enthusiastic.

    Ada Genavia
  • Thea was a fantastic teacher/mentor/leader. She was able to make the novices as well as the more advanced participants feel challenged and encouraged. She brought in some good contemporary work with diverse viewpoints to stimulate discussion around style/content/structure and culture.

    Jerome Parmer
  • I loved Thea's teaching style. She was great at inspiring confidence and welcoming all different voices.

    Justine L.


Sunday, January 9, 2022 @ 6:30 pm PST
Sunday, February 6, 2022 @ 9:00 pm PST
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Thea Matthews


Online (SF Zoom)
Live Remote Meetings, ZOOM
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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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