2021 Online Offerings
The Wild Rumpus
an online poetry community and workshop
What: “The Wild Rumpus” is a four-week course designed to inspire, challenge, and excite. We’ll be focusing on the joy of play and its important role in providing for discovery. Each week will begin by sharing a new focus, with example poems we can dig into as much as we please; I’ll also be providing writing exercises geared toward strengthening very specific craft muscles, such as one highlighting “negative similes” and another that uses 1960’s Brazilian jazz to move our lines along. In addition, you’ll get four poem prompts that build on each week’s focus and extensive feedback from the instructor on the possibilities of the draft. Writers will also have an option to submit two previously written poems in order to receive revision-focused feedback that will speak to exercises and options for those drafts. Each writer will also have the opportunity to have a 30-minute video or phone conference with the instructor. There will also be a Q&A forum on publishing for those interested in thinking about how their work can live out in the world.
When: Session A: April 5-30, 2021
Session B: May 10-June 4, 2021
Questions? Want to schedule a session? Contact Erin here.
What platform will this course use?
As of now, we’ll be using Google Suite services; all you’ll need is a Gmail account to get started. Should we decide to use another method, you’ll be alerted with plenty of time. This is a new ad(venture)!
Is there a deposit required?
You can provide a $100 deposit prior to March 22 (A) or April 19 (B) to secure your spot, or you can pay in-full. Those dates are to ensure class sizes are at their optimum, but if you need to make other arrangements, please let me know. Full payment should be made prior to the start of the course.
Who is this class designed for?
This course is designed for the writer who is serious about writing but willing to be not-so-serious about themselves—humor and humility are two of our guiding lights. Through this, we aim to foster a community that is supportive, gracious, enthusiastic, and a source of great joy. These are tough times—poetry can be a shelter, a fire that warms us all.
Will there be other courses offered in the future?
Hopefully! My goal is to offer a separate course with a different focus in the fall. I also offer manuscript consultations for small groups of poems and up to entire book-length manuscripts. I LOVE this kind of close work with other writers, and I’m amenable to adaptation in order to support your growth and vision. Please let me know if you are interested in any of these options.