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[In the behavior of termites] “it is the product of work itself that provides both the stimulus and instructions for further work.” —Lewis Thomas, The Lives of a Cell

“When generating new poems, both beginning and experienced writers can fall into the habit of going back to the same well again and again, never considering the possibility of multiple watersheds,” says instructor Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet.

In this class, students will explore multiple techniques for generating new poems, and for drawing possibilities for new work from our own and others’ existing poems. We’ll look at methods for initiating, guiding, and expanding drafts; developing a repertoire of starting points beyond the topic and the image; and workshopping poems with an eye to opening them up to further invention.

This course has five weekly meetings, with a combination of reading, in-class discussion, writing exercises, workshopping, and instructor feedback. Students will leave this class with new work and a collection of tools to help them keep generating new material to work with, as well as skills for discussing drafts of poems.


About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes

Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon is running all classes in a remote learning format. 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.



    Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet is the author of The Greenhouse (Frost Place Chapbook Prize) and Tulips, Water, Ash (Morse Poetry Prize). Her poems have appeared in journals such as Blackbird, Kenyon Review, Plume, and Zyzzyva, in anthologies including Nasty Women Poets and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry, and online at Poem-A-Day and Poetry Daily. In addition to leading workshops at Portland’s Literary Arts, Seattle’s Hugo House, and The Writing Salon, she hosts the Portland reading series Lilla Lit and Literary Bingo and works as a freelance editor of poetry and nonfiction. Before fleeing northward in search of writer-friendly rents, she taught in UC Berkeley’s Post-Baccalaureate Writing Program.

  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Wednesday, September 23, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Wednesday, September 30, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  3. Live Zoom Meeting: Wednesday, October 14, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  4. Live Zoom Meeting: Wednesday, October 21, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  5. Live Zoom Meeting: Wednesday, October 28, 7:00pm-9:30pm


Thu, September 24 @ 2:00 am PDT
Thu, October 29 @ 4:30 am PDT
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Live Remote Meetings, ZOOM
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Registration Deadline

Registration closes 24 hours before the start time for a class.

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 provide refunds, transfer payments, or offer makeup sessions for classes a student might miss, for any reason.

Due to extraordinary circumstances related to COVID-19, we are open to addressing cancellations on a case-by-case basis.

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