Speaking your truth despite the obstacles: an online poetry workshop open to all (Online)

with Jeffrey Lee

May 7th—June 25th

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  • $120.00 Program Price
  • $150.00 Patron price
Room: Library or other space

Please register for this class to receive Zoom link.

The intent of this online poetry workshop is to enable people to overcome the many ways that one can avoid saying what really matters and what is the most meaningful to oneself. Some fun and/or challenging exercises will be offered to enable people to identify their own areas of difficulty, their own taboo areas. Some exercises may be aimed at understanding how fear and outrage can be transformed into tools for developing empathy in writing.  There may also be some time set aside to discuss the importance of speaking truthfully in a time when lying seems to work so well.

Sharing in the workshop will be optional but encouraged. After the first meeting, there will be group workshop critiques possible for any who want to submit (usually shorter works) to a workshop process.

There will be an online private google group created for this workshop so that people who cannot attend every session can keep up from afar. (A few people who are veterans of past workshops may be allowed to participate online without having to appear in person.)

There will also be suggested readings from free online resources so that the class may discuss some great contemporaries.
Financial constraints should not prevent participation. See the generosity program:  https://philadelphia.shambhala.org/programs/

Jeffrey Ethan Lee’s novel The Autobiography of Somebody Else was published by White Pine Press (2016.)  His poetry book, identity papers was a 2006 Colorado Book Award finalist and his first poetry book, invisible sister (Many Mountains Moving Press, 2004), was praised in American Book Review etc.  Towards euphoria was co-winner of the editor’s poetry chapbook prize from Seven Kitchens Press (2012). He won the 2002 Sow’s Ear Poetry Chapbook prize ($1,000) for The Sylf (2003), and the chapbook Color Schemes was a finalist for Moonstone’s first poetry chapbook prize in 2015.  He has taught Creative Writing at Muhlenberg College, Temple University, West Chester University, University of Northern Colorado, etc.