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“Whether you’re submitting poems to journals or putting them together for a book,” says instructor Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet, “learning how to order and present your work can give you a deeper understanding of how that work is received – and of what sets your poems apart."
Bring 10 poems to work with in this two-session class. In our first meeting, we’ll use play, exercise, and discussion to discover relationships between and among poems and develop frameworks for thinking about sequence and structure through the eye of the reader. We’ll also look at what the arc of a series or book can tell us about individual poems, and explore techniques for writing with a larger project in mind. Then in our second meeting, we’ll turn our attention outward. Are you ready to send out your work – and where should you send it? What tools and practices can help?
You’ll leave with an ordered packet of five poems to send to the journal of your choice, and a knowledge of how to submit effectively.
About The Writing Salon's Online Zoom 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 email@example.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.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, September 16, 10:00am-1:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, September 23, 10:00am-1:00pm
I left Lisa’s class feeling inspired and moved to embrace myself as a writer and to begin identifying myself as such openly. I took in the message that I have something unique to say that only I can say. I learned some valuable skills that I will apply right away; most importantly how to stay present as I am writing and trust the process. That is of tremendous help to remember, especially when I am feeling stuck.
Lisa’s class was excellent--full of great activities and sage advice. It has changed how I look at and write poetry.