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. Bi-weekly classes provide guidance in the art and craft of poetry as well as opportunities for writing and sharing with others. Peer critique “Small Group Feedback Sessions” for giving and receiving constructive feedback on poems are held on interim weeks for women who sign up for the weekly series. The class is women only. The From Draft to Craft Poetry Class is offered to women and men.

Winter/Spring 2019 Schedule: Tuesdays, February 26-April 30, 4:00-6:00 pm.

Practice of Poetry Weekly Sessions:  Prompts and craft discussion on poetry; Small Group Feedback Sessions on alternate weeks. 10 weeks,  $165

Bi-weekly Full Group Sessions for prompts and craft discussion on poetry. 5 weeks (February 26, March 12, March 26, April 9, April 23): $95

Location: Hyde Park area

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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 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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