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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 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.



    Alison Luterman has been shamelessly telling tales from her own life ever since she could grip a sweaty pencil. She has published essays in The Sun, Modern Love, L.A. Review, Radiance, Response, The East Bay Express, The Boston Phoenix and Salon. She has also written an e-book of essays entitled Feral City, about midlife domestication, remarriage, and second chances (available from SheBooks). Alison is also the author of three books of poetry: The Largest Possible LifeSee How We Almost Fly, and Desire Zoo. Last but not least, she writes plays, including Saying Kaddish With My Sister, Glitter and Spew, and a musical, The Chain.

  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, July 11, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, July 18, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  3. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, July 25, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  4. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, August 08, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  5. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, August 15, 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.


Tue, July 12 @ 1:30 am PDT
Tue, August 16 @ 4:00 am PDT
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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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