Reading and Writing Mythopoetics: A Poetry Workshop

Reading and Writing Mythopoetics: A Poetry Workshop
September 17 to December 10, 2017
(Cyberspace and Toronto, ON)




In this workshop, we will read and write through a tryptich of books by women writers that enact myth in their poetics: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Alice Notley, and Joanne Kyger

To inquire about becoming a virtual or in-person student, please contact me at I will gladly send you samples and answer questions.

Limitless cyber-seats.
*update* Toronto-based seats SOLD OUT.

How else to write poetry? Read.

We spend the first hour reading poems (aloud) and another hour writing. The writing portion takes the form of starting points & prompts drawn from the poems as well as those of my own design.

Weekly written materials include introductory and contextualizing commentary, supplemental materials, and inventive writing prompts.

Workshops for virtual students culminate with a one-on-one 25-minute consultation with me. For Toronto poets, it concludes with in-class reviews of mini-manuscripts as a community of poets.

All students receive weekly written materials regardless of whether virtual or in-person and unable to attend the class in real time.

There is an optional Google video call feature. A podcast recording is shared via a Google Drive folder.

Required texts:
Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Dictee
Alice Notley’s Descent of Alette
Joanne Kyger’s On Time

More Details on the Workshop:
Both in-person and virtual students find this weekly engagement generates poems, provides insight on revisions of older work, gives new understanding to poetics, and inspires the reworking of dusty manuscripts.

Attendance occurs in cyberspace: weekly written materials include supplemental essays, images, sound files, links, and the like.

For Toronto poets, we meet in my home near Chester Station from 4 PM to 6 PM, Sundays.

History of the Workshop, Cost and How to Join:
I have led poetry workshops like this one for nearly 20 years. See this link for an essay on the workshop as part of the Bagley Wright Lecture Series. An essay on the class is included in the anthology Poets on Teaching (University of Iowa, 2010).

Please write to me at to inquire about enrollment. Tuition guarantees your seat.

Cost for this 13 session series is a reasonable $190 USD/CAD equivalent.

This shared account is under my partner’s name (Dale Smith); funds come to me.

Checks, cash, payment schedules, and Interac also accepted. Please inquire.




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