The Practice of Poetry

The Practice of Poetry workshop series was founded in 2008 based on my belief that much of what makes good poetry goes hand-in-hand with good spiritual practices: paying attention to the interaction of our inner lives and the outer world, making time for reflection, nurturing a supportive community of fellow practitioners and committing to an honest assessment of what to keep and what to let go. The practice of poetry helps us find new meaning in our experiences, and to make room for both inspiration and careful discernment in the decisions that affect our writing and our lives. The class is women only.

Summer 2017

This program is FULL 

The Practice of Writing What Comes, Tuesdays, 4-6 pm, June 13- July 18, 2017 and Monday, July 3. No class July 4. This special summer offering class is designed to encourage new work in both poetry and prose. Small group feedback (AKA craft classes) offered on alternate weeks. $95 for both series; $50 for one series.

Writing Sessions: June 13, 27, July 11
These sessions will include in-class writing time and large group sharing —prompts will be offered that individual writers can use for poetry or prose.

Feedback Sessions: June 20, MONDAY JULY 3, July 18
Bring poems or prose (whether written in class or not) for giving and receiving constructive feedback from a small group.


Fall 2017

Weekly or bi-weekly options. Bi-weekly classes provide guidance in the art and craft of poetry as well as opportunities for writing and sharing with others. Peer critique “Craft Classes” for giving and receiving constructive feedback on poems are held on interim weeks for women who sign up for the weekly series. 

Schedule: Tuesdays, 4:00-6:00 pm, September 19- November 14 (nine sessions).

Fees: $150 as a weekly class (nine sessions) and $95 bi-weekly (five sessions).

Location: Pauletta Hansel’s Paddock Hills home (Cincinnati)

 For registration information, please contact me.

The Practice of Poetry Manuscript Class

Poet and teacher Pauletta Hansel guides poets as each develops an existing group of poems into a   unified collection which may be a poetry chapbook or chapter or “skeleton” of a larger manuscript. Activities will be geared toward strengthening both  individual poems and the 12-15 poem manuscript as a whole, including drafting new poems which enhance the collection.

Please check back or contact me to express interest in future offerings of this class.

For more information, please contact me.

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