Although Ted Kooser’s book, The Poetry Home Repair Manual states on the cover that it is “practical advice for beginning poets,” the book has great lessons for poets at any level of experience. In this course, you will work through Kooser’s book chapter-by-chapter, gleaning the valuable lessons he has to impart, and practicing incorporating some of his “practical advice” into our own poems. Each week, there will be a handful of discussion questions drawn from that week’s assigned chapter, then a poem prompt related to that week’s topics. Each participant will come away from the class with a truckload of new ideas, new tools in their poetry toolbox, 10 new poem drafts and the feedback received on them from participants and instructor LouAnn Muhm to guide revision, and a new writing community with whom to share triumphs and struggles.
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 (8 weeks):
January 11-March 4, 2021— $280
Registration deadlines: January 5. Ten spots available, first-come, first served.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register or visit the website for more information at https://northbeachwritersretreat.com/triggering-poetic-inspiration/
The class will be following along in The Triggering Town, by Richard Hugo. It is necessary that you have the book in order to take the class.
Topics covered in this 8-week course include:
Chapter 1: Writing off the Subject Chapter 2: The Triggering Town Chapter 3: Assumptions Chapter 4: Teaching and Roethke Chapter 5: Nuts and Bolts Chapter 6: In Defense of Creative Writing Classes Chapter 7: Statements of Faith Chapter 8: Ci Vediamo (We See)
New online classes in poetry, including a free class for those affected by Covid-19
The following classes are now available for registration. Visit northbeachwritersretreat.com/onlinepoetry for more information and to register.
Writing the Short Poem I April 6- May 8, 2020 (Registration deadline, March 30) This session is free to those who have been laid off or cannot work due to Covid -19. (limit 10, first come, first-served)
June 8-July 10, 2020–$150.
Writing the Short Poem II May 18-June 19, 2020 (Registration deadline, April 15) This session is free to those who have been laid off or cannot work due to Covid -19. (limit 10, first come, first-served) July 13-August 14, 2020 (Registration Deadline, June 15)–$150
Triggering Poetic Inspiration April 20-June 12 (Registration deadline, April 1)–$250 May 11-July 3 ( Registration deadline, May 1)–$250 June 15- August 7 ( Registration deadline, June 1)–$250
Ekphrasis: Poetry Inspired by Art May 4-June 26 (Registration deadline, April 15)–$250
Please visit northbeachwritersretreat.com/onlinepoetry for all the details and registration information.