CLASSROOMS

Classrooms

Live” Poet Camp events meet on Google Meet.

Asynchronous Poet Camp classes are hosted on Wet.Ink, an online learning platform designed for writing workshops.

 

*A note on start dates: 

The only classes which have “official” start dates are those labeled “Workshop,” which include Sarah’s comments, and those only apply to those taking the class with her feedback. Otherwise, they begin when you’re ready!

Independent poets determine their own start date. Self-guided courses are ready when you are, and begin the first day you log into the course. 

Writer’s Groups should come to an agreement about what date you’d like to begin, and mail Sarah to make arrangements. 

May Jumpstarts

Monday – Friday, 2 weeks
5/6 – 5/10 and 5/13 – 5/17
9 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Eastern Time
$50

2 weeks of live Zoom jumpstarts with prompts, quick-writes and a pdf full of extras to recharge your daily writing routine.

*Join us for all or just a few of these sessions! Everyone who registers will receive the pdf with prompts and extras at the end of our two weeks together.

Uncool Poets Writing Weird Poems

with Joan Kwon Glass

April 20, Noon – 4 p.m. Eastern Time
$100

Have you ever felt like the literary world is run by the cool kids? This four-hour long, generative workshop will be just for poets who identify as offbeat, uncool or just dance to the beat of their own drum. You are one of us if you say you are!

Readings will include poets such as Mary Rueffle, Chen Chen, Allison Blevins, Anne Sexton, Morgan Parker, Angel Nafis, Nancy Huang and many others. We will access our voices in new ways through guided visualizations and unexpected, supplemental resources, and will write in a variety of forms. There will also be time to share our work.

Joan Kwon Glass

Joan Kwon Glass is the Korean American author of NIGHT SWIM, winner of the Diode Book Prize (Diode Editions, 2022) & the chapbooks HOW TO MAKE PANCAKES FOR A DEAD BOY (Harbor Editions, 2022) & IF RUST CAN GROW ON THE MOON (Milk & Cake Press, 2022). She serves as poet laureate for Milford, CT, Editor-in-Chief for Harbor Review & as a writing instructor for several writing centers. Joan’s poems have been featured or are forthcoming in Poetry Daily, The Slowdown, Poetry Northwest, Cherry Tree Lit, Ninth Letter, Asian American Writer’s Workshop (The Margins), Tahoma Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Salamander, Texas Review & elsewhere. She lives in coastal Connecticut with her family.

Homegrown Da Da

Seeds to Surrealistic Poems with Millicent Borges Accardi

May 19, 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Eastern Time
$100

Surrealism as an art form is far more than an ancient Dadaist movement. Surrealism is also a fun technique for perceiving and representing the world in ways that transcend normative perspectives. Using poetic techniques (word games, intellectual assaults) from the Surrealism Book of Games, this workshop will allow participants to be delighted and astonished by what they can do in only one workshop!

Stealing tools from the original surrealists, in fun group activities, we will generate magical sparks of creativity– Plus, every participant will go home with wonderful seeds for new poems! It’s unexpected. The moment of joy captured in a short time. The unpolished gem. Surrealism is more than a parlor game. Each participant will leave with a seedling for new poems and a new-found sense of poetic “playfulness.”

Millicent Borges Accardi

Millicent Borges Accardi, a Portuguese-American writer, is the author of four poetry books, including Only More So (Salmon Poetry). Among her awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Fulbright, CantoMundo, California Arts Council, and Barbara Deming Foundation, She’s taught at California State University, Long Beach, and led poetry workshops at Keystone College, Nimrod Conference, Rhode Island College, Massachusetts Poetry Festival, The Muse and University of Texas, Austin.

Writing Summer Poems Inspired by Mary Oliver

(9 week course, with Sarah’s comments on 4 poems) *limit 12 seats

May 8 – July 9
$350 (or at your own pace: $225 Independent, $275 Writers Group)

In this class, we’ll reconnect with the solace and joy that nature can provide, using Mary Oliver’s work for thematic inspiration, instruction, and as a starting point to launch our own poems. Each week, we’ll consider a brief reading by Mary Oliver (a single poem, essay, or prose poem) placed in conversation with equally brief works. From these readings, we’ll write new poems from a prompt linked to that week’s topic. Every week will also include optional viewing/listening assignments, all inspired by Mary Oliver’s dictum of “Pay attention, be astonished, and tell about it.”

*Can be taken out of order/in addition to Winter Poems Inspired by Mary Oliver. Summer Poems contains unique materials and uses different poems and prompts.

Free Range: Poems from Your Cell Phone Camera

(9 week course, with Sarah’s comments on 4 poems) *limit 12 seats

July 10 – September 17
$350 (or at your own pace: $225 Independent, $275 Writers Group)

In this class, you’ll use your cell phone’s camera to gather poem fodder, and learn techniques to inspire you to play with images and techniques from your photo library to draft new work long after our time together is through. We’ll explore a single “focus” method (pun intended! hehe) each week for both prompts each week. In this course, two step prompts are paired with anchor poems and examples from other artists. Choosing from material gathered in the photo prompt and via the writing prompt, by the end of our time together, you’ll have a handful of fresh drafts inspired by images of your summer explorations.

*Self-guided courses are ready when you are! Independent poets determine their own start date. Writer’s Groups should come to an agreement about what date you’d like to begin.

Muse as Mermaid: Poems from the Waves

$225 Independent, $275 Writers Group

We’ll consider the ocean of possibilities available to us in writing poems inspired by many aspects of marine life, real and imagined. We’ll write poems “from the beach,” and dive into the waves for more inspiration, found in shipwrecks, mermaids, and real wonders underwater. We’ll find solace and healing watching the waves. Most of our class time will be spent on experiments and prompts geared towards generating new work. By the end of class you’ll have several fresh drafts, and will have found a way to dip your toes along the tideline even if summer is spent on dry land.

Free Range: Poems from Your Cell Phone Camera

$225 Independent, $275 Writers Group

In this class, you’ll use your cell phone’s camera to gather poem fodder, and learn techniques to inspire you to play with images and techniques from your photo library to draft new work long after our time together is through. We’ll explore a single “focus” method (pun intended! hehe) each week for both prompts each week. In this course, two step prompts are paired with anchor poems and examples from other artists. Choosing from material gathered in the photo prompt and via the writing prompt, by the end of our time together, you’ll have a handful of fresh drafts inspired by images of your summer explorations.

Writing Summer Poems Inspired by Mary Oliver

$225 Independent, $275 Writers Group, $350 Workshop with Sarah comments on 4 poems

In this class, we’ll reconnect with the solace and joy that nature can provide, using Mary Oliver’s work for thematic inspiration, instruction, and as a starting point to launch our own poems. Each week, we’ll consider a brief reading by Mary Oliver (a single poem, essay, or prose poem) placed in conversation with equally brief works from kindred spirit poets and writers in other genres.

From these readings, we’ll write new poems from a prompt linked to that week’s topic. Every week will also include optional viewing/listening assignments, all inspired by Mary Oliver’s dictum of “Pay attention, be astonished, and tell about it.”