Poet Lauren Camp

“The experience of listening, sharing and writing were all nested in safety. The contributions of others were rich and personal. Lauren affirmed everyone’s efforts to come to writing in a way that would work for them.”

— a recent student


From Wild Mind to Experience: Writing in All Directions

This workshop offers inspiration in all genres—fiction, memoir, poetry. We’ll read, discuss and write, using unconventional prompts, craft discussions and exercises. We’ll build listening skills, word banks and approaches, always searching to understand and capture emotion, and finding alternatives to traditional ways of phrasing.

Online class offered through Zoom • Ten participants at any level
Wednesdays • February 1 to March 1Full
Thursdays • February 2 to March 2Full

How to Make Luck: Writing in Praise of the Ordinary

With so many things to worry over, we need to keep finding joy and celebrating gratitude. This feel–good workshop will help you write in praise of small beauties, large events or anything in between. Learn how to move beyond the obvious like and love into the deeper and more magnificent why. We will map at least one wonderfully ordinary element of our lives, lifting the subject up and enriching it with the finest elements of craft and wild attention.

Character Studies

How many ways can you widen your focus? How can you find new stories and perspectives to tell? In this generative workshop, we’ll explore the idea of character through a number of lenses you won’t expect—sometimes celebrating ordinary concerns, sometimes finding incredible wisdom outside of ourselves. Each week we’ll look at poems that will get you thinking about craft in new ways.

Writing into Place

Almost everyone has a previous place they’ve lived. Some have been many places, leaving footsteps and fingerprints all around. Let’s return to some of those vistas and doorways and rooms, passing through again to find their important moments in your history. Expect to be surprised by how far your memory stretches.

The Surprising Form of Memory: Writing Pantoums

The ancient pantoum is the ideal form for writing about the past. With a little direction, even uncertain writers are eased into shaping their crystalline memories, and more experienced writers will have the chance to delve into subjects that might not have opened up for them before. Excitement builds quickly as students follow the form through to its ending. We may also look at other structures that can widen a poet’s perspective.