Creative Writing Workshops

Our monthly creative writing workshops invite participants to explore their own creative voices and various possibilities for creative writing activities across all grade levels.


Occasional/Collaborative Poetry

This workshop looked at Occasional poems via the poem “Seventy-Seven Beautiful and Adorable Things for Arthur Okamura’s 77th Birthday” by Joanne Kyger as well as elegiac occasional poems and Rengas via Renga for Obama to introduce collaborative writing. The purpose of this workshop was to expose participants to different ways of reading and writing poetry as a community.


Contemporary Poets for the Contemporary Moment

This workshop began with reading poems by two contemporary poets whose writing is charged with the present moment - a moment when bodies and lives are particularly political. Participants then took turns reading the poems by both poets (Billy-Ray Belcourt and Terrance Hayes). Participants were invited to discuss what they noticed in the poems they read and wrote, and encouraged to bring these poets into their classes for students to engage with.