Looking to take your writing to the next level? This class is for you. In this six week workshop, we will practice multiple forms and craft elements of poetry, look to the experts for inspiration, and cultivate a community-space for thoughtful criticism, support, and editing. After all, no one writes alone!
By the end of this class, you should have a handful of poems, a new toolkit of craft tips and tricks, and a new writing community. On Zoom, every Monday evening from 4-5:30pm PST (Dates: 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, and 8/9)
Imposter Monster: Poetry For Beginners (Five Week Poetry Seminar)
1.00 - 250.00
Are you new to the study of poetry? Maybe you think it’s all rhyme and meter, you have a bad taste in your mouth from grade school, or you’ve always been poetry-curious but a little too afraid to try. This workshop is for you! We will take a look at our own individual ideas of what poetry is (versus the industry or academy); the basics of poetry (line, white space, what rhyme and meter have historically been used for); and how you might redefine your own relationship to poetic writing. Online, via Zoom, every Monday from 4-5:30 pm PST. (5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31).
The There There: Developing Landscape in Your Work (all genres)
Utilizing examples from Richard Hugo’s The Triggering Town, Nikki Finney’s Head Off and Split, and Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina, this workshop will explore place as character or tone-setting in your work. Open to all genres. Pre-recorded. Download/link sent upon purchase.
"In this stunning work, Westhale (Trailor Trash) interrogates the vocabulary used to speak about desire, the divine, and literature. Presented as a series of linked lyric pieces, the book spans a range of forms, including lyric fragments, single strophes, and prose poems, gracefully unified by an ongoing concern with the damage done by language, as well as its redemptive potential...With subtlety and skill, Westhale reminds the reader that sensory experience is irrevocably changed once it is relayed in language." -Publishers Weekly, starred review
Sharpening your poems to send out into the world? Let me take a look before you do.
Please note, this price is for one page-- if you have a longer poem, please shoot me a message and we will work on a custom price. If you've got a bundle, but not enough for a manuscript, I'll give you a discount.
Got writer's block? It happens to us all. Maybe you just need a little support and accountability. Once a week, I'll send you a writing prompt to get you back on your literary feet, and a follow-up email to see how you're doing with it. If you have a specific type of writing you're blocked on, I'll tailor the prompts and check-ins to your needs-- just let me know!
I'm a seasoned poetry editor with ten years of experience in both traditional and digital publishing (Copper Canyon Press, Arktoi Books, Narrative Magazine, etc). Let me help you turn your poetry manuscript into something ready to submit to book awards and open calls. Please note, this price is for manuscripts up to 80 pages. If you have something longer, please send me a message for custom pricing.
In this pre-recorded lecture, you will utilize craft techniques to work within the framework of our existential processing during a global crisis. This workshop will focus on a three part structure: first, embracing and incorporating anxiety and uncertainty into the writing process. Second, utilizing the structures of form (braided narrative, among others) to enact the experience of crisis in writing, and third, generative practices for continuing to write in times of duress. Download/link will be sent upon ordering.
Quantifiable Data is a special-release chapbook that is a part of the Alley Cat Books Writers-in-Residence program in San Francisco. The manuscript swan-dives into the very human ways poets and people attempt to make scientific decisions concerning emotional landscapes--and the benefits and draw-backs to doing so.
The Cavalcade is a collection of poems that explores what we think about when we think about historical figures. Here, Virginia Woolf explores a rich, inner-personal life—goes to the grocery store, shows desire, considers the literary canon, reimagines her own suicide. Here, the Chilean dictator Pinochet is given the opportunity to consider his actions from inside his casket. Weaving together personal narrative with global events, The Cavalcade truly is a processional of a different sort.
Winner of 2016 Kore Press First Book Award, selected by Robin Coste Lewis Trailer Trash is a book about the cotton-country of Riverside County, Southern California, in1980s/90s. A book about poverty, ravaged landscape, and gender, it touches on a fuller, dustier California than Hollywood would have you believe. It is not only a book of class and struggle, it is also a book of triumph, beauty, and constructed worlds. It interfaces with grief and sanctuary in equal measure, creating a deeper understanding of origin stories.