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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: Thursday, January 14, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, January 21, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  3. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, January 28, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  4. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, February 04, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  5. Live Zoom Meeting: Thursday, February 11, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  • Lisa is a perceptive reader and outstanding teacher of poetry. I hope to work with her again.

    John J.
  • Lisa is an excellent instructor who obviously knows her stuff. She's personable, and meets students where they are. I really enjoyed just listening to her talk about poetry in general— assigned readings, student work, and her own work.

    Sara M.


Friday, January 15, 2021 @ 3:00 am PST
Friday, February 12, 2021 @ 5:30 am PST
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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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