10/27: Fall for Writing: Poetry Read and Critique

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This session will be part of our FALL FOR WRITING conference. You can register to attend on this page or save money by signing up for UP TO 10 SESSIONS at this link.

Bring your poetry and spend some time sharing your work and getting constructive feedback.  The workshop will focus on discussions of the poems being written and revised by workshop participants.

Writing is a deeply personal experience that requires an openness of mind and heart, inspiration, and time spent engaged in the process of thinking and writing.  Moving freely between this solitary practice and the communal sharing of our work is an important part of the writing process than is often neglected.  Being a part of a community of writers allows us to find inspiration, be accountable, and build our confidence. We come into our own as we share our work, hear our words spoken out loud, and become mindful of the ways our words touch others.  Art connects people and experiences. The more we incorporate this connection into our own practice, the more we have to offer ourselves and others, and the stronger we become as writers.

This group will be limited in size and the focus will be on poetry. Writers of all levels are welcome.  The group will include a brief writing exercise at the beginning to generate fresh ideas, energy, and inspiration. The bulk of the group, however, will be spent reading fellow participants’ work and offering thoughtful feedback.  The goal is to create a safe space full of warmth, energy, creativity, and fellowship.  We will celebrate the work we’ve done and also help each other achieve our best drafts by offering suggestions and fresh perspectives.


Annie MascorroAnnie Mascorro received her B.A. in Latin American Studies with an emphasis on poetry from Pomona College, her M.F.A. in poetry from The University of Montana, and her B.S in nursing from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.  Her poetry and essays have been published in Calyx, Epilepsy U.S.A., WorldView Magazine, Montana Public Radio’s Collegium Medicium, Sixfold, ZYZZYVA, and are forthcoming in The Squaw Valley Review.  She is the recipient of the 2007 Five Fingers Review poetry prize.  She is currently pursuing her certification in poetry therapy through the National Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy.  As a psychiatric nurse specializing in chemical dependency, Annie has given poetry workshops in hospitals and clinics in Baltimore, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and currently runs weekly poetry groups at two San Diego hospitals.  She also leads non-clinical community poetry workshops in San Diego where she focuses on the writing process as a way to promote wellness.  Annie finds joy in sharing the transformative power of poetry with writers of all levels.  Her background as a poet, teacher, nurse, and student of poetry therapy helps create a supportive, nurturing, and energetic atmosphere in all of her workshops.