Back to school: fall workshops on performance and poem titles

Yes, this site has been quiet! For the past few months I’ve been working on finishing my next book-length manuscript. It’s close. More on that another time…

But now that August is wrapping up, high time to let you know that I’m teaching a couple of workshops this fall:

“Your Words Aloud, Your Words Alive” at Hugo House

Monday evenings, 7:10 to 9:10 p.m. in Seattle, WA (Sept. 16 to Oct. 21, 2019)

What does it take to transform the words on the page into an engaging, authentic, and memorable performance? Commitment, rehearsal, and humility. You’ll learn and practice tangible skills (including mic technique, ways to handle line breaks, and introductions), as well as develop a performance style that suits you and your work. The class includes take-home reading and assignments. Students will give a public reading during the fifth session. Max class size is 15.

Early bird pricing through Aug. 27: Registration info here.

“The Title as Frame and Invitation” for Olympia Poetry Network

Sunday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Olympia, WA. $40; advance registration req’d.

Where do great poem titles come from?  What makes a title “great,” anyway?  Through example poems, we’ll explore this essential and too-often overlooked craft element. Bring three of your own poems-in-progress, and we’ll practice titling to entice the reader with a compelling frame and invitation.  (Sponsored by Olympia Poetry Network as part of the 2019 LaureateFest.)   Max class size is 20; as of late August, just a few spots left.

Registration info here.

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