An at-home writing regimen for poets and aspiring poets who want to write more.
Receive support for your practice from inspiring prompts, brief videos, and creative practices that serve as pathways to a sustainable writing life.
THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD
We'll read brief selections from Li-Young Lee, Ross Gay, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Sister Corita Kent, Kimiko Hahn, Solmaz Sharif, Matthew Zapruder, Mary Ruefle, Annie Lighthart, Matthew Burgess, Dorothea Grossman, B.T. Joy, Tess Gallagher, Alison Swan, Julia Hartwig and Lucille Clifton.
By the end, you will have seven new poems in draft form to develop as you see fit, and as many practices around which to create a regular writing practice, or incorporate into your existing writing life.
Enroll and receive a thoughtfully curated lesson every three days for two weeks, in your inbox. There's no learning platform or logins; no pressure to submit anything; no deadline. This email-based course is a chance to nourish your writing practice from the comfort of your home.
Q: How will I receive the course content?
A: All course content is delivered by email, which means you won't have to login anywhere, or learn a new platform. Your first lesson goes out early in the morning on the first day of the course, and each of the remaining six lessons will be sent at three day intervals, concluding on the 14th day. The videos will be available to you for another month after the course ends. You can do the work itself at any time, and many students find that the initial two week regimen helps them develop a regular reading and writing habit, and it's helpful to circle back to the course content periodically, as a way to practice the strategies I share.
Q: How much time should I budget for each lesson?
A: I recommend that you give yourself an hour to read the lesson, view the short video, and do some free-writing at last once every two to three days. That's 3-4 hours per week for two weeks. In other words, if you can commit to seven hours of practice, you will have seven solid drafts on which to focus your attention once the course concludes.
Q: Does What We Do include the offer of feedback on work in progress?
A: WWD was conceived as generative course where participants focus on the freedom to experiment with new approaches to their work, without the pressure of deadlines or the expectation of showing their work to anyone. I offer extensive feedback in my Poetry Immersion and A Body of Work courses, however. You may also register for a portfolio review (find that elsewhere in this shop), if you would like help feedback.
Q: I'd love to do this with a writing buddy, what's the best way to arrange that?
A: If you want to purchase their spot in the course, simply pay for two seats at check-out, and include your friend's email address in the message field. I will make sure they receive the lessons. Or, you can send them a link and have them self-enroll. Others have done this and found it productive to have someone else with whom to discuss and share the lessons and writing experiments.
Q: I'm relatively new to writing, but I love to read poetry, and want to learn more. Will this course be over my head?
A: This course was designed to meet the needs of poets and aspiring poets. I think it's an approachable way to explore the art form. I've designed the content to meet the needs of beginners and intermediate writers, alike.