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You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I'll rise.

–Maya Angelou

“The power of language, of the voice, is not to be underestimated,” says instructor Thea Matthews. “In order to generate the change we hope to see in our world, the time is now more than ever to remember and know our own individual power, as well as our collective power. How can you use creative writing to affirm your own power, and in turn the resiliency of our humanity?”

In this 5-week class, participants will generate new work, or continue preexisting literary projects, that reflect personal and collective power and resiliency. Thea says, “We will turn to authors, from poet Etel Adnan to poet and novelist Maya Angelou, who have shown us what it means to be in power and to be resilient. We will explore literary tools and strategies used in various genres of poetry, fiction, and lyric essay, as well as movement/verbal hybrids. From generative discussions, there will be prompts issued, and we will have an opportunity to workshop our writing in a safe and encouraging environment.”

This course is great for beginners as well as seasoned writers. “At the end of the five weeks,” says Thea, “there will be a virtual reading to celebrate our time together.”


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.


    Thea Matthews is a Brooklyn-based poet of Afro-Indigenous Mexican heritage. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Thea earned her BA at UC Berkeley where she studied and taught June Jordan’s program, Poetry for the People, led by activist and author Aya de Leon. Her debut poetry collection, Unearth [The Flowers], was published by Red Light Lit press in June 2020. Her work has appeared in The RumpusAtlanta ReviewFoglifter and others. Currently, Thea is an MFA candidate at New York University and poetry editor of the online magazine, For Women Who Roar.
  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, October 25, 2:00pm-4:30pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, November 01, 2:00pm-4:30pm
  3. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, November 08, 2:00pm-4:30pm
  4. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, November 15, 2:00pm-4:30pm
  5. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, November 22, 2:00pm-4:30pm


Sun, October 25 @ 9:00 pm PDT
Mon, November 23 @ 12:30 am PDT
Event Category:


Online (Synchronous)
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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