Loading Events

In this remote class we'll explore some common and uncommon poetic forms: abecedarian and acrostic poems, erasure poems, sonnets, villanelles, ghazals, pantoums, found poems, list poems, blues poems, "mistranslations", and aubades. We will also play with the idea that you can modify, tweak, or otherwise adapt a traditional form to your own uses, and even make up your own forms!

"Form in poetry is like a jungle gym which can give structure to the swinging impulses of your mind and strengthen and lengthen your poetic muscles," says instructor Alison Luterman. "Recently the sonnet in particular has been reinvigorated by contemporary poets like Terrance Hayes and Diane Seuss who have used it to write about the current political scene, giving birth, punk rock and a host of other topics.”

In this remote class we'll read, discuss and take inspiration from contemporary poets who have used old forms in new ways; we'll write our own formal poems and share them with each other, and we'll experiment with creating our own hybrid forms. We will not be doing in-depth workshopping of student work. Both experienced and novice poets 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, May 16, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, May 23, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  3. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, May 30, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  4. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, June 06, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  5. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, June 13, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Alison is a wonderful facilitator! Her openness and enthusiasm are infectious. She's skilled at reading the room and tailoring the pace accordingly. She ensures that everyone's voice has a chance to be heard and encourages us to share our writing as well as our process. As we move through the readings together, she also weaves in many valuable gems related to craft and the creative process.

    Kony K.
  • Alison's warmth, knowledge, preparation of materials, and skill created a space for inventiveness.

    Paul J.


Fri, May 17 @ 1:30 am PDT
Fri, June 14 @ 4:00 am PDT
Event Categories:
, ,


Alison Luterman


Online (BK Zoom)
Live Remote Meetings, ZOOM
+ Google Map


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.

Contact Us

We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.


Start typing and press Enter to search