Are you eager for specific, constructive feedback on your poems? Do you want to participate in an online community of writers committed to helping each other develop their poetry writing skills? If so, this is the class for you.
“This class will create a supportive and productive space for you to share and receive feedback on poems, whether you want to write new poems or further develop and revise existing material,” says instructor Heather June Gibbons. “In small groups, you will give and receive thoughtful, specific comments on each other's poetry. I will also provide you with my observations about your poems' strengths, opportunities for further development, and suggested edits. Lastly, we’ll spend some of our time discussing craft issues such as imagery, sound and figurative language, and I’ll assign an optional weekly writing prompt designed to help you develop skills in these areas."
The course will use the online platform Wet Ink, which allows for clear, targeted commentary on submissions. It also allows for student discussion and the posting of lessons, resources, and suggested readings.
Heather June Gibbons is the author of the poetry collection Her Mouth as Souvenir, winner of the 2017 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Sore Songs and Flyover, and her poems appear widely in literary journals. She received an MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Callen Graduate Scholar, and she has been the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. An award-winning instructor who has taught at a number of universities, she teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University, and in the community.
September 27 – November 08
Heather was A+. The assignments were excellent and well-conceived, and her critiques were top notch. This class was valuable and enjoyable-- again, Heather was great and the other students quite talented, attentive, mature and considerate.