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.

Remote Instruction
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 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 2021 Schedule

Available Format(s):

These courses have regular meeting times and are fully online, via remote instruction. Click “See Details” below for more information.

Future Offering (Opens February 20, 2021 12:00:00 AM)
Saturday 10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Location: Online
Instructor: Kim Dower
See Details
Internet access required. Enrollment for this course opens on February 20, 2021. 
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Sat Mar 6, 2021
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT

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