Writing Classes & Workshops 

Sally Van Doren

Discovering Your Poetic Voice

Saturday, June 26th 10:00a CST

As poet Mark Van Doren (my husband’s grandfather) once said: “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” We will spend the morning working together to discover our poetic voices and nurture their development. Using in-class prompts, we will explore how voice emerges and creates the distinctive character that makes our poems unique. This session should be fruitful for those new to writing poetry as well as seasoned poets. We’ll draw upon the wonderful resource of a constructive group setting to find out how others hear us and how we can best hear ourselves.

Sally Van Doren is an American poet and artist.  She has published three collections of poetry, Promise (LSU Press 2017), Possessive (2012) and Sex at Noon Taxes (2008) which received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American poets. A graduate of Princeton University (BA) and University of Missouri-St. Louis (MFA), she has taught creative writing at the 92nd Street Y, Washington University in St. Louis, the St. Louis Public Schools and the St. Louis County Juvenile Detention Center.

After you register, you will receive an "admission ticket" with the zoom link information on it.

$35 or FREE to Members

Annual Membership $35

Sharon Carr
Spoken Word: The Power of Poetics Out Loud

Saturday, October 9th 10:00a CST

Join Sharon in learning about spoken word and the art of the slam poem as we explore what spoken word is, what we gain from it, and how we can amplify our written work through audible and visual performance. 

Sharon Nicole Carr has experience with spoken word from both performing in, and now aiding in running the Wayne State College Spring and Fall Poetry Slams. She is also an adjunct professor of editing for publication, as well as composition at Wayne State College. She is a freelance editor and layout designer for the WSC Press at Wayne State. In her spare time, Sharon creates artwork, creative writing, and zines.

After you register, you will receive an "admission ticket" with the zoom link information on it.

$35 or FREE to Members

Annual Membership $35

Freesia McKee
Poetry for Prose Writers

Saturday, July 10th 10:00a CST

In this accessible, friendly workshop designed for writers of prose, we’ll go through the fundamentals of building a poem. You’ll learn to leap from your literary comfort zone into experiments with fragmentation, lineation, imagery, and more, and you’ll leave this workshop with a bouquet of poetic techniques you can start using right away.

Freesia McKee (she/her) writes poetry, prose, and genres in-between. She’s the essays editor at South Florida Poetry Journal, a regular contributor to the Ploughshares blog, and teaches virtual writing classes to students all over the country from her home in Macomb, Illinois. Freesia’s work has appeared in Flyway, Bone Bouquet, So to Speak, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Painted Bride Quarterly, CALYX, About Place Journal, and the Ms. Magazine Blog. Her poetry chapbook How Distant the City was published by Headmistress Press. Freesia welcomes you to connect with her at freesiamckee.com or through Twitter at @freesiamckee. 

After you register, you will receive an "admission ticket" with the zoom link information on it.

$35 or FREE to Members

Annual Membership $35

Saddiq Dzukogi

Grief, Writing the Hard Poems

Saturday, August 14th 10:00a CST

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. He is 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.

After you register, you will receive an "admission ticket" with the zoom link information on it.

FREE to All

Registration Opening Soon

Wendy Hind

Narrative Medicine for the Soul

Saturday, September 18th 10:00a CST

Every human being experiences universal, yet unique issues concerning their mental and physical state of wholeness. In this workshop we will explore how using poetry to tap into feelings surrounding our health can have enormous healing qualities. Close reading is an integral part of the workshop as is short prompted writing and discussion. I hope you will join me in exploring how poetry can be used as a powerful method in the healing properties of narrative medicine.

 

Wendy Hind, PhD/JD, uses poetry as a form of narrative medicine to understand and heal. Her chapbook “My Tattoos” will be available in August.  She is also the founder and curator of tiny poetry project – narrative medicine for the soul. #tinypoetryproject and tinypoetryproject.com.

After you register, you will receive an "admission ticket" with the zoom link information on it.

$35 or FREE to Members

Annual Membership $35

Nebraska Poetry Society

Recurring Writing Activities

Inspiration for Writing Poetry

Muse 

Maintenance

Every Wednesday 11a-Noon CST

with the exception of June 16th and 23rd

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.

After you RSVP, you will receive a "thank you" with the zoom link information on it.

Members Enjoy Unlimited Sessions FREE

Poetry Webinar

Poetry

Feedback Forum

Monthly on the 3rd Thursday 6:30p CST

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. Each month we gather via Zoom with a goal of providing insights to inspire and equip you with ideas to strengthen your work.

After you RSVP, you will receive a "thank you" with the zoom link information on it.

Members Enjoy Unlimited Sessions FREE

How to Write Poetry

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.

Do you have ideas for future workshops?

Would you like to lead a workshop?

We would love to hear from you!

thepoets@nepoetrysociety.org