Zoom Through August with Online Writing Classes in Poetry and in Memoir

In August, I will offer three online classes, one in Memoir and two in Poetry. Join us if you can!

A Formal Feeling Comes: Finding a Form for Difficult Material
A live, online poetry workshop with Pauletta Hansel

After great pain, a formal feeling comes
Emily Dickinson

We live—and write—in interesting times. Sometimes it feels as if there is too much to write about, the problems too big, the heart too broken. Throughout history poets have turned to the structure of poetic form to say what must be said. While I am primarily a free-verse poet, I turned to writing in form in writing many of the poems that became Palindrome, a collection of poems about my mother’s dementia. These formal constructs gave me the necessary emotional distance to make poems from content in which I might have otherwise have drowned.

I invite you to join me in a live, four-part, online workshop exploring the use of poetic forms—syllabics, sonnets and others—as tools for both generating and shaping poems that are close to the bone. The workshop will include examples of various forms and ample writing and sharing time.

Poetic Form workshops held 4-6 pm EDT on these Mondays:
August 10: From free-write to form: a shared writing activity
August 17: Syllabics: making it count
August 24: Not your grandpa’s sonnet
August 31: Repeating forms (Ghazal and Villanelle)

Registration/Fee: $85 for the series or $25 per session*
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Close to the Bone: A Memoir Workshop
A live, online writing workshop with Pauletta Hansel

“What would you write if you weren’t afraid?”
― Mary Karr, The Art of Memoir

I invite you to join me in a live, four-part, online memoir writing workshop. Writing prompts will encourage deep exploration of the stories and memories that have helped shape our lives. We will read and discuss short memoirs available online or emailed as PDFs as examples of how to use prose to “show” your story through scene and description and to “tell” it through reflection. Craft and revision prompts will help put these learnings to use. Most sessions will include in-class writing and sharing time; suggestions for writing and reading between classes will help you make the most of the four week series.

Memoir workshops held 4-6 pm EDT on these Tuesdays: August 11, 18, 25 and September 1, 2020. Registration is for the full series only, as each class builds on the other. Absences after the first class can be accommodated.

Registration/Fee: $85 for the series.*

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How To Read a Poem: A Class for Giving and Receiving Helpful Feedback
A live, online poetry workshop with Pauletta Hansel

O wad some Power the giftie gie us/ To see oursels as ithers see us! (Robert Burns)

Poets are invited to join me in a live online workshop focused on giving and receiving feedback on poems. Each session will involve small breakout groups for in-depth feedback on each member’s poem. The Feedback Process Guidelines are those I have developed over more than a decade of writing, reading, studying and teaching poetry. They are designed to help listeners approach each poem on its own terms, describing for the poet the ways in which the poem communicates, rather than prescribing the ways in which the poem should be “fixed.” In this way, the poet has the rare opportunity to see his or her poem as something outside herself, as a reader does. Brief revision suggestions are offered, but only after the poem is fully seen and heard. Poets usually find that the discussion around the poem, more than the specific suggestions, illuminates what revision is in the poem’s best interest.

Workshops are held 4-6 pm EDT on these Wednesdays, August 12, 19, 26 and September 2, 2020. Registration is for the full series only, as each class builds on the other. Absences after the first class can be accommodated.

Registration/Fee: $65 for the series.*

All Classes

* Fees are payable on PayPal or by check.  Please contact me to begin the registration process and also with any questions.

Note: The workshops will be conducted via Zoom, with meeting invitations sent out each week. Not familiar with Zoom? Check out this tutorial or another of your choice.

For the How to Read a Poem workshop, participants will share poems via Zoom’s screen share function. Some familiarity with sharing your screen on Zoom is helpful. Check out this tutorial or another of your choice.

I am looking forward to writing with folks. Join us if you can!
Pauletta

Author: Pauletta Hansel

Pauletta Hansel is a poet, memoirist, teacher and editor. She was Cincinnati's first Poet Laureate from April 2016-March 2018. Pauletta Hansel’s seven poetry collections include Coal Town Photograph and Palindrome, winner of the 2017 Weatherford Award for Appalachian Poetry. Her writing has been featured in Rattle, Still: The Journal, The New Verse News, The Writer’s Almanac, American Life in Poetry, Verse Daily and Poetry Daily, among others. Pauletta leads community poetry workshops and retreats in the Greater Cincinnati area and beyond, and has served as Writer-in Residence at Thomas More College in her native Kentucky. She is managing editor of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, the literary publication of Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative. Pauletta received her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte.

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