Writing Classes & Workshops 

Holly Pelesky

The Joy of Revision

Saturday, March 6th 2:00p CST

Although it's often thought of as work, revision simply means re-imagining what you've written. How playful, to separate yourself - the artist - from your art and take it somewhere new.

We'll discuss using space left in the margins for observation, reflection and experimentation. Afterward, I hope you'll want to return to some of your pieces, inspired to see them through a new lens and shape them into something even more impactful.

 

Holly is a graduate of the MFA Program at the University of Nebraska where she co-created its first ever fraternity consisting of a handful of emerging writers she is happy to share writing lives with. She works a predictable day job and afternoons as a slam poetry coach.

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Saddiq Dzukogi

Grief, Writing the Hard Poems

Coming Soon

Saddiq Dzukogi is the author of Your Crib, My Qibla (University of Nebraska Press 2021). His chapbook Inside the Flower Room was selected by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani for APBF New Generation African Poets Chapbook Series. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Cincinnati Review, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review, Oxford Poetry, Poetry Society of America, Prairie Schooner, and other literary journals and magazines. He is a finalist of Brunel International African Poetry Prize and a recipient of fellowships and Grants from Nebraska Arts Council, Pen America, Obsidian Foundation, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he is a PhD student and serves as an Assistant Poetry Editor for Prairie Schooner.

Matt Mason

Waking Up Worlds

Saturday, April 10th 10:00a CST

In spring, we turn to life and flowers and sitcom clichés!

In this workshop, we'll try to avoid the latter, but we'll write poems about worlds waking up after winters (both calendar-wise and metaphorical). 

You'll hear some poems, write some poems and, if you like, share some of what you wrote.

Matt Mason is the Nebraska State Poet and Executive Director of the Nebraska Writers Collective. He runs poetry programming for the State Department, working in Nepal, Romania, Botswana and Belarus. Mason is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and the author of "Things We Don’t Know We Don’t Know"  and "The Baby That Ate Cincinnati".

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Shyla Shehan

Poem Openings

Saturday, May 1st 10:00a CST

Whether your practice is to write a poem every day, once a week, or to write only when the poem stirs inside of you, there is always the question of “how to begin.” In this workshop we’ll explore several perspectives on the topic of poem ‘openings’ and experiment with a few approaches that go beyond using basic prompts to see what might help the words flow onto the page.

Shyla is the Managing Editor for The Good Life Review. She holds an MFA in Writing from the University of Nebraska where she leveled-up her poetry game and discovered that the writing life has more to offer than just a way to cope with the chaos of the Universe.

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Recurring Writing Activities

Muse 

Maintenance

Every Wednesday 11a-1p CST

Starting March 3rd, 2021

Weekly virtual gathering of fellow poets of all levels to inspire and motive each other toward your personal writing goal. Think of this as your weekly jolt of confidence for hitting your writing goals mixed in with a little fun. Free and open to all members.

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Poetry

Feedback Forum

Monthly on the 3rd Thursday 6:30p CST

Next Session March 18th, 2021

This is your opportunity to gain valuable feedback on your poems. 

We provide a calm, inviting atmosphere where you can feel comfortable sharing your work. We do not “critique.” We share insights on how the poem makes us feel, what the words on the page mean to us, the reader of your poem.  We may ask questions about the form or structure of the poem, but we do not try to alter the integrity of the poem.  We understand the poem must retain the author’s voice, and be a result of the author’s vision, not the reader’s. 

 

Each month we gather via Zoom with a goal of providing insights so the poet leaves the session feeling inspired and equipped with ideas to strengthen their work and not just a list of edits to make.  

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More Activities

Coming Soon

TBD

We exist to help you reach your writing goals. Please contact us and let us know what you would like to see and we will do our best to make it happen. 

We are actively working to secure poets to lead virtual sessions for 2021. Please contact us if you are interested in leading a workshop. We look forward to hearing from you.

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