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.
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.
North Beach Writers Retreat offers a chance to write and unwind in a beautiful northwoods Minnesota setting in Park Rapids, Minnesota, while working with world-class writers and writing teachers in an intimate, small group.
Visit northbeachwritersretreat.com to see the full slate of retreats, workshops, and online classes in poetry, memoir, and multiple genres. Visiting writers for 2020 include Patricia Smith in Poetry, and Patricia Hampl in Memoir.
Poetry Retreat June 2-6 Application Deadline: April 1 Patricia Smith, Visiting Writer
Memoir Retreat June 23-27 Application Deadline: May 1 Visiting Writer: Patricia Hampl
Mixed Genre Retreat for K-12 Teachers: August 9-13 (at Breezy Point, Nisswa, MN)
Application Deadline: June 1
Discount for MN Writing Project members
Join other writers in beautiful Park Rapids, MN from June 26-30 for a poetry writing retreat and workshop. You will have a chance to write, reflect, improve your craft, and work with visiting writer Heid Erdrich.
The deadline has been extended, and will be open until all spots are filled. Two spots are left for those who need lodging and two spots are left for local writers who don’t need lodging. All the details are at https://northbeachwritersretreat.com