Workshops

UPCOMING

“National Poetry Month: A Month of First Drafts”

@ The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books in Port Townsend, WA

April 1st– April 29th, 2019 (5 weeks)

Mondays 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Every Monday in April, Davis will provide a handful of poetry writing prompts, with the focus on creating first drafts. Prompts will be inspired by contemporary writers from across the country, such as Clemens Starck, Kaveh Ackbar, and Tess Gallagher.
This workshop is appropriate for all levels of experience.

“Writing Extraordinary Poems about the Ordinary”

@ BARN in Bainbridge, WA

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning Neruda wrote odes to socks and artichokes. William Carlos Williams penned the infamous “The Red Wheelbarrow,” regarding not much more than a wheelbarrow and some chickens. Can we make our everyday lives into poems that surprise and delight? Can we celebrate the ordinary, allowing the small particulars we encounter infiltrate our poems? In this workshop, we will explore poets who have done just this. We will use their works as prompts to create our own songs of praise for the mundane details of our lives.

“Chapbooks 101”

@ The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books in Port Townsend, WA

Sundays, June 2nd – June 30th, 2019 (5 weeks)

5:00 pm – 6:15 pm

Chapbooks?! What are chapbooks, and how did they come about? How do you put a chapbook manuscript together, and where do you find a publisher? What do you do with your chapbook once it’s published? What if you want to self-publish instead?

Week One: What is a chapbook?

Week Two: How do I organize a chapbook?

Week Three: How do I find a publisher?

Week Four: How do I submit my manuscript for publication?

Week Five: The final check-in.

PAST

“The New Year Write-a-thon”

@ The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

10:00am – 4:00pm

A New Year, a new body of work. Start off right with an all-day
workshop focused on creating first drafts. Davis will provide an
intense lineup of prompts and exercises to get your pen moving.
You’ll leave exhausted, with a cramped hand, but with a stack of
work for your next chapter in life. This workshop is appropriate
for all ages, levels, and genres.

“Mining Our Obsessions: A Poetry Workshop”

@ The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books

Mondays, October 22 – November 26, 2018

1:00pm – 3:00pm

“A real diehard, indestructible, irresolvable obsession in a poet is nothing less than a blessing. The poet with an obsession never has to search for subject matter.” – Tony Hoagland, Poet

Allow your obsessions to work for you. Join Davis for a weekly poetry workshop focused on mining your fixations, whether it be an idea, person, place, or thing. In the first workshop, participants will choose one of their obsessions to indulge, and Davis will provide writing prompts to create new work. Participants will then bring one new poem (written about their chosen obsession, of course) to class each subsequent week for feedback from the group. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a small body of work that speaks to what haunts and fascinates them the most.

“Chapbooks 101”

@ The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

10:00am – 4:00pm

Chapbooks?! What are chapbooks, and how did they come about?
How do you put a chapbook manuscript together, and where do
you find a publisher? What do you do with your chapbook once it’s
published? What if you want to self-publish instead? We’ll explore
these questions and more in this all-day intensive workshop.

 

“How to Submit to Literary Journals”

@ The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Do you have a poem, story, essay, or other short literary work that you are dying to find a home for, but don’t know where to start? Have you ever submitted to a literary journal, received the dreaded rejection, and given up? In this one day intensive, we will explore the submission process from start to finish, including:
·         how to write a cover letter.
·         how to write a bio.
·         how to prepare and format your work for submission.
·         how to research and find journals.
·         journals that encourage submissions from new and emerging authors.
·         how to use Submittable.
·         common submission mistakes.
·         how to move forward if your piece is rejected.
·         how to move forward if your piece is accepted.
·         setting submission goals.
·         local resources for help with technical and editorial issues.
Please bring your laptop if you have one.
Note: This class will not cover submissions of full-length manuscripts.

“A Weekly Writing Gathering for Teens”

@ The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books

DROP-IN        FREE

April 5th – June 14th, 2018

Thursdays, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Open to all teens who are interesting in writing. I will provide a few writing prompts inspired by some of our most exciting contemporary voices, such as Ocean Vuong, Zadie Smith, and Bret Anthony Johnston. We will spend most of the time writing, with the opportunity to share our work at the end. Bring pen, paper, a friend, and an open mind.

“A Month of Poetry: The Weekly Drop-in Poetry Workshop”

@ The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books

DROP-IN        FREE

April 1st – 29th, 2018

Sundays, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Every Sunday in April, Lauren will provide a handful of poetry writing prompts, with the focus on creating first drafts. Towards the end of the hour there will the opportunity to share your writing. Prompts will be inspired by contemporary writers from across the country, such as Ursula K. Le Guin and Tom Hennen.

“Writing Extraordinary Poems about the Ordinary”

@ The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books in Port Townsend, WA

Sunday, February 25, 2018

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning Neruda wrote odes to socks and artichokes. William Carlos Williams penned the infamous “The Red Wheelbarrow,” regarding not much more than a wheelbarrow and some chickens. Can we make our everyday lives into poems that surprise and delight? Can we celebrate the ordinary, allowing the small particulars we encounter infiltrate our poems? In this workshop, we will explore poets who have done just this. We will use their works as prompts to create our own songs of praise for the mundane details of our lives.

“Sylvia Plath, the Muse”

@ The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books in Port Townsend, WA

Saturday, January 13, 2018

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

In this one-day intensive, we will take an intimate look at the life and writing of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Sylvia Plath (1932-1963). Plath was a poet, novelist, and short story writer. She is best known for her collection of poems entitled Ariel, originally published two years after her death. Exploring her journals, letters, and poetry, we will use her work as inspiration for the creation of new poems. Join us as we study one of the best literary minds of the 20th century.

“Poems in Conversation with the Body” 

@ The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books in Port Townsend, WA

November 6th – December 4th, 2017

We all have them. But how do we write about something so intimate and yet ordinary? Can we praise our bodies though they fail us? Can we address the bodies of others with compassion and respect? How do we approach disease, mortality, sexuality, our sense of taste? In this workshop, we will learn how poets honor and meditate on the body. Using a variety of writing exercises, we will generate new poems. We will then workshop these poems in class.