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. 

July Jumpstarts

Monday – Friday, 2 weeks
7/1 – 7/5 and 7/8 – 7/12
9 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Eastern Time
$50

2 weeks of live Google Meet 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.

Writing Summer Poems Inspired by Mary Oliver

$225 Independent, $275 Writers Group *Begins when you’re ready, or when your group decides to start.

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 by other poets, artists and scientists. 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.

Enter the Line

Revise and expand small drafts with Melissa Ridley Elmes

June 25, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Eastern Time
$100

During the workshop you will revisit brief poem drafts, taking a concentrated approach to locating new ideas and central themes and images featuring both active and reflective tools. You will generate a number of possible new poems in a short amount of working time that you can then revisit at your leisure, as well as gaining insight into your current preoccupations as writers.  

*For this workshop, participants should bring a draft either of a new poem or one you have already completed and want to revisit—of a length of ideally 6-8, but no more than 10, lines.

Melissa Ridley Elmes

Melissa Ridley Elmes is a Virginia native currently living in Missouri in an apartment that delightfully approximates a hobbit hole. Her recent poetry and fiction have appeared in Star*Line, Eye to the Telescope, Spectral Realms, Illumen, Haven, Reunion: The Dallas Review, and various other print and web venues, and her first book of poetry, the Elgin Award nominated Arthurian Things: A Collection of Poems, was published by Dark Myth Publications in 2020.

Free Range: Poems from Your Cell Phone Camera

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

July 10 – September 10
$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.

Elemental Poetry

Connect with Body through Nature Writing with Angie Ebba

July 21, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Eastern Time
$100

Slow down and take in the world around you. Through readings, discussions, and poetry exercises, we will investigate what it means to be in these bodies in the natural world. Writing will focus on the senses, the elements of nature, and the ways we can be more aware of these things in our daily lives.

Angie Ebba

Angie Ebba is a queer, disabled writer, educator, and performer who teaches writing workshops and performs online and across the United States. She has poetry published in Closet Cases, Queering Sexual Violence, Moon Water, and multiple other anthologies and literary magazines. She is a published essayist focusing on writing about disability and chronic illness, relationships and sexuality, and body positivity. She believes in the power of words to help us gain a better understanding of ourselves, to build connections and community, and to make personal and social change. Angie can be found online at rebelonpage.com

*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.