Always Beginning: A Poetry Writing Workshop

Poets, if you’re finding it hard to be inspired to write or miss the company of fellow poets, join us Monday evenings at TaborSpace for two hours dedicated to discussing poetry and sharing work. I’ll provide a model poem and prompt before each session, and we’ll spend the first half hour of each workshop focusing on a particular aspect of craft. We’ll then devote the rest of the workshop to a discussion of participants’ poems. Close reading will be the primary tool for learning various aspects of craft, so its practice will be emphasized in all aspects of the workshop, from discussion of suggested poems to response to one another’s work. Within this supportive setting, students can expect to be respectfully challenged to grow as readers and as writers. This workshop is for the beginning poet as well as for the more experienced writer who knows the value of revisiting the fundamentals. All levels are welcome. 

Meets:  7:00-9:00 PM, Mondays, April 1 – May 20, 2013
Cost:  $185 [Eight two-hour sessions.]
Location: Classroom at  TaborSpace  (map), 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215
Register now!

Cindy Stewart-Rinier’s poems have appeared in Calyx, The Smoking Poet, Crab Creek Review and Ascent, among others. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University in 2012. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, selected for the Crab Creek Review 2011 Editor’s Prize, and was awarded first place in the Portland Pen Women Poetry Contest. She has taught creative writing at all levels, from  elementary and middle school to adult students. A board member of the Mountain Writers Series, she lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

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