more workshops!

January 26, 2021

The Sue Boynton Poetry Contest has added another workshop to the 2021 calendar: Beyond the Mask: Possibilities and Pitfalls of Persona. Taught by the accomplished Alexandra Teague, the workshop will explore the ways in which writing in another’s voice “may offer complicated perspectives and/or a more embodied or truer version of a self, as well as some of the ethics and potential pitfalls of speaking as another.” The workshop will be held online on Saturday, March 27, 2021, 2:00-4:00pm. See the complete description and registration information on the Workshops page.

Also, a reminder that there is still time to register for the February 6 Kathryn Smith workshop, I Get Where You’re Coming From: Maps as a Framework for Poetry. Again, please refer to the Workshops page for full details.

These modestly priced workshops benefit the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest. No previous poetry experience is required and anyone with an internet connection is welcome to attend.

The immensely creative poet and mixed media artist Kathryn Smith will offer an online workshop to benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest on Saturday, February 6, 2021, 10:00am-Noon. Read the complete description for “I Get Where You’re Coming From: Maps as a Framework for Poetry” on the Workshops page and register by submitting your payment of $30 via Venmo (www.venmo.com/SueC-BoyntonContest ) OR by check (made out to Sue C. Boynton Contest) mailed to PO Box 5442, Bellingham, WA 98227-5442.

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image: Kathryn Smith, “Which Way to the Ocean?” 2019

back to school

September 4, 2020

Are you ready to shake up your writing practice? Fall classes are about to begin. Most classes and workshops are being offered online, which means that geography doesn’t matter. We’ve put together a list of a number of places that are offering online adult learning programs this fall (some starting very soon). This list is not comprehensive and you are encouraged to check offerings at colleges, universities, and even bookstores. The classes vary in length, format, starting date, and price. But it’s free to browse, so have a look:

starting soon

August 12, 2020

Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (“ModPo”) will begin on Saturday, September 5, 2020. One of the very first Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in the humanities, ModPo was launched by Al Filreis in 2012, and begins anew each fall. The free ten-week symposium “is a fast-paced introduction to modern and contemporary U.S. poetry, with an emphasis on experimental verse, from Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman to the present.”

If you want more information on each of the ten weeks, you can watch instructor Al Filreis introduce each program on YouTube. Or you can simply go to the enrollment page on Coursera and sign up.

If you’ve always wanted to attend the Chuckanut Writers Conference but just couldn’t swing it geographically, here comes your opportunity! CWC 2020 will be held online, Monday, June 22, 2020, through Thursday, June 25, with a faculty reading on the 26th and master classes on the 27th. See the complete schedule, faculty profiles, and registration information at CWC 2020.

If you were feeling a little reluctant about taking a class, here’s the latest from Hugo House:

Hugo House spring classes are open for registration, and registrations through Monday, March 16, 2020, will receive an early bird discount. This season, students will have access to all classes via video conference for as long as COVID-19 remains a threat.

While our doors will remain open, some teachers may opt to hold their classes entirely via video conference. We have marked these classes as such in the online catalog. However, much is subject to change, and our cancellation policy will reflect our evolving situation.

Making time to reflect and write with others brings us joy and solace even — and perhaps even more so — in difficult and uncertain times. We invite you to join us in creating something beautiful this spring.

With that in mind, we encourage you to browse the full catalog and find the spring classes that are right for you.

This is good news not only for locals, but also for those who might not otherwise have an opportunity to take a class in Seattle. Hugo House offers classes of varying lengths in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, mixed genre, reading, the writing life, and youth workshops.

MOOC your winter

October 30, 2018

The International Writing Program of the University of Iowa has just announced a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): “Stories of Place: Writing and the Natural World.”

Participants will work with some of the many possible types of creative non-fiction, including essays, science journalism, travel narratives, and speculative portrayals of the natural future. (Poetry isn’t mentioned in the description, but why not?) Writers will work with “ways to portray truth and fact, whether it involves telling stories about the local, the global, the invisible, the beautiful, or the uncertain.”

The instructor-led course begins November 15, 2018, and continues through December 31, 2018. After that, it will remain open online through March 15, 2019, for self-paced learning. The course is free and registration is now open.

opportunity

October 19, 2018

Here is an opportunity for short-fiction writers at an almost unheard-of price. It’s a new Kahini program in short fiction designed for those writers who want the absolutely highest level of craft but are on a bit of a budget or unable to afford a traditional MFA program. The bi-weekly Studies in Short Fiction program focuses on the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Alice Munro, Gabriel García Márquez, and William Trevor. Facilitated by Jordan Hartt, the year-long online program begins November 8, 2018. Read the complete description and register soon!

more summer planning

June 9, 2018

Two Sylvias Press is once again offering their four-week Online Poetry Retreat(s), designed to help you fine-tune your poetry with critiques by a guest poet. This year’s poets include Adrian Blevins, Jennifer Jean, January Gill O’Neil, Susan Rich, Diane Seuss, and Jennifer K. Sweeney.

Participants receive poetry prompts, example poems, creativity suggestions, and reflection questions to inspire their writing, all via email.

There are two summer sessions and one fall session available, each with limited enrollment: July 2 – 29; August 6 – September 2; and October 1 – 28. Past participants are encouraged to return, with all-new prompts, exercises, and reflection questions on offer.

See the full details on the Two Sylvias Online Poetry Retreat page.

get inspired!

June 13, 2017

It’s time again for the Two Sylvias Press Online Poetry Retreat: four weeks of new prompts, writing exercises, inspiration and critiques offered by the editors of Two Sylvias Press (Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy).

There are two sessions: June 26 – July 23 (July session) and July 31 – August 27 (August session). Find all the details and registration information on the Two Sylvias Press Online Poetry Retreat page.

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