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“Poetry is written in relative solitude. We dive into a poem and live in its cave of wonder until we come up for air,” says instructor Katharine Harer. “As we continue to work, we descend again and again, trying to get it right. In this class, you’ll get the tools and guidance you need to make that dive.”

This 5-week workshop will offer a congenial space where you can listen to and learn from a range of helpful voices and try out new approaches to writing and revision. Over the length of the class you’ll receive oral feedback from your classmates and Katharine on at least 2-3 of your poems. 

Though this class will focus primarily on workshopping your poems, you’ll also have the chance to learn from sample poems and respond to a variety of prompts, with brief in-class and at-home writing, designed to help you practice new strategies to write and revise your drafts. The reading and writing experience will generate lively, “no-right-answer” class discussions focused on craft and process.

Writers at any stage of development can flourish in this workshop. “At each meeting, we’ll respond to works-in-progress, and the group and I will share fresh insights and approaches,” says Katharine. “The goals are to infuse energy and excitement into our writing practice, receive feedback on new work, and enjoy being in a community with other writers.”



Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about your class. If you have any questions about in-person learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at hello@writingsalons.com.



    Katharine Harer loves teaching creative writing. She has worked with hundreds, maybe thousands, of students in her over thirty-year career as a community college writing teacher at Skyline College and as a private workshop instructor. Katharine has published seven collections of poetry, the most recent, Deconfliction, in 2020, and a full-length volume of poems, Jazz & Other Hot Subjects, in 2016. Her poetry and nonfiction have been published widely in literary journals, newspapers, magazines, and anthologies. Her travel essay Delle Donne appeared in Best Women’s Travel Writing 2016 and a personal essay, Blue Flags & Painted Crosses, is forthcoming from Sonora Review in Tucson.

  1. Tuesday, July 09, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  2. Tuesday, July 16, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  3. Tuesday, July 23, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  4. Tuesday, July 30, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  5. Tuesday, August 06, 6:30pm-9:00pm


Wed, July 10 @ 1:30 am PDT
Wed, August 7 @ 4:00 am PDT
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Katharine Harer


San Francisco
2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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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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