How to Jumpstart Your Inner Poet through Memory and Story


Use the rich storehouse of your memories to develop poems brought to life with sensory details in a workshop designed for writers brand new to poetry or continuing their study.

As few as 1 day

What you can learn.

  • Learn to how memories are interconnected and forge unexpected conversations
  • Develop new poems that evoke a sense of time and place with concrete details
  • Use freewriting to discover truths and images you didn’t realize you knew
  • Learn to find inspiration even when you think you have none

About this course:

This three-hour workshop jumpstarts the poet within and inspire and ignite new work. Memory is a storehouse of who we are and what we have seen and done (and smelled and touched and heard). All of it is specific, sensory, and concrete—like the best writing. We take a deep dive into the rich territory of ideas, people, places, and emotions from our past and examine how memory can inform our imaginations to awaken fresh work. Students see how uncovering one memory often leads to another and another, creating work that surprises both the writer and reader. The day is a mixture of lecture, reading poetry and practicing “automatic writing,” tapping into our memories and the subconscious, and reading aloud to the class as jumping-off points for new poems. Of value to non-writers as well by showing how we can capture and utilize details from our past to use as inspiration no matter what our creative discipline.

Winter 2023 Schedule

Date & Time
Saturday 10:00AM - 1:00PM PT
Future Offering (Opens March 04, 2023 12:00:00 AM)
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Instructor: Kim Dower
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Location: UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood

Enrollment opens two weeks prior to the event. Enrollment limited; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required.

This course meets in person at the designated class meeting time and location. Students must be present at the course meeting time to participate in the class. 

Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Sat Mar 18, 2023
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center 213

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