Online Poetry Classes

The April 6-May 8 session of Writing the Short Poem I and the May 18-June 19 session of Writing the Short Poem II are offered free of charge to the first ten people who contact us who have been laid off or cannot work due to Coronavirus. Please send an email requesting this session and explaining your work situation to northbeachwriters@gmail.com. We would love to accommodate everyone, but must limit the class to 10 participants, first-come, first-served.

Writing the Short Poem with LouAnn Muhm

I took LouAnn’s class on compression in poetry to challenge myself and try writing poetry again, something I hadn’t done in years, having focused on fiction. Her class brought me back to a love of writing poetry. But it did so much more than that. It positively affected every aspect of my life as a writer (a freelance writer by profession, fiction as an avocation). Learning about compression and the vital importance of every word and how to deeply analyze text on a word-by-word basis made me a better writer. I use those skills every day, for poetry, fiction, and for my freelance work. I can’t recommend LouAnn enough as an instructor (and I went on to take subsequent classes from her, each as valuable as the first).” ( quote from class participant Amy C, Rea)

Writing the Short Poem I (5 weeks): April 6- May 8 and June 8-July 10, 2020— $150

Registration deadline: March 30 for the April class, May 1 for the June class. Ten spots available in each course, first-come, first served

Writing the Short Poem II (5 weeks): May 18-June 19 and July 13-August 14, 2020–$150 (open only to those who have taken session I of this class)

Registration deadline: April 15, 2020 for the May class, June 15 for the July class. Ten spots available, first-come, first served

email northbeachwriters@gmail.com to register
or for more information

Have you been told that your poems read like prose, or that “maybe that poem would work better as a short story”? Do you have trouble deciding what to cut from your rough drafts? One of the characteristics that makes poetry poetic is the compression of language. In this class, we will read and discuss a variety of short poems, practice cutting extraneous language from poems (by others and by you), and think about what kinds of language can (should?) almost always be cut. We will work with your drafts, old and new, and generate new poems with an emphasis on compression and concision. We will explore a variety of short forms as well as concise free verse. The skills practiced in this class will also help with longer poems, and even with tightening up your prose writing.


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Triggering Poetic Inspiration

Where do poem ideas come from? Finding a way to sustain poetry writing beyond those first emotion-driven poems that we just have to write is often the challenge facing poets who have been writing for awhile. Using Richard Hugo’s The Triggering Town as inspiration, poets will come out of this class with eight new poems, as well as some new tools for generating inspiration and ideas.

Triggering Poetic Inspiration I (8 weeks): April 20- June 12, May 11-July 3 and June 15-Aug. 7, 2020— $250 (choose one session)

Registration deadline: April 1 for the April class, May 1 for the May class, and May 30 for the June class. Ten spots available in each course, first-come, first served

email northbeachwriters@gmail.com to register
or for more information

Click HERE for more detailed information about the class.

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