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2018-01/27 Poetry: Stretching Boundaries with Seretta Martin

Date: Saturday, January 27, 2018 Time: 2pm to 5pm Number of sessions: One Day Only! Members: $45 Nonmembers: $54 Location: San Diego Writers, Ink, Arts District Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, #202-204, Barracks 16, 2nd Floor Above Women's Museum, San Diego, CA 92106

Much of what we find delightful about poetry and art is the way it was created using images and ideas in an unpredictable juxtaposition. Sometimes it’s a matter of using the common and familiar, and other times

 it is stranger than that, but either way, the art casts a new light.            – Seretta Martin

Our intensive workshop will focus on poetry that emphasizes images, lyrical and innovative language, individual voice, and personal insights. Even if you don’t consider yourself an accomplished poet, you will learn techniques to get your creative voice flowing and improve your writing. You will receive kind advice, share your poetry, and respond to fellow writers in this supportive, positive group.


We will listen to recordings of selected poets and read model poems from the handout, then discuss what makes those poems enjoyable and successful. Our goal will be to write ambitious, authentic poems that resonate. The instructor will offer a series of prompts and your responses will culminate into new poems, allowing you to take home the fruits of your creative efforts. Together and individually, we will stretch the boundaries of our imagination.


What to bring:


 1. A notebook and your beloved pencil or pen for writing exercises

  1. Your journal (if you use one)
  2.   Prior to this class ask yourself the following questions and jot down your thoughts to bring with you:


                  What do I feel passionate about?

                  What is important to me?

                  What is important outside of me?

                  What inspires me?

  1. One of your poems for our group revision period. (Optional)


The instructor will guide the class through a handout of revision steps to help you develop your poem and encouraging suggestions will be offered. (For those who attended previous workshops with Seretta, you are welcome to bring a poem written during any of those sessions.)

Seretta Green Sweater Photo 0022Seretta Martin serves as an associate editor of the Poetry International literary journal, and a contributing editor of the on-line literary & art journals: Synesthesia and Blue VorText Publishers. She is a regional editor for the San Diego Poetry Annual, and an assistant editor of the  California Poets in the Schools book, “50 years of 50 Lessons.” She teaches poetry workshops in libraries, museums, writing centers, conventions, and in the city schools. For 21 years the Border Voices Poetry Project has sent poet-teachers to teach workshops in the local schools. This program publishes annual anthologies, and offers free annual poetry/music fairs. Award-winning students and renowned poets read and discuss poetry on ITV in pre-recorded weekly programs. Seretta is the assistant director of Border Voices Poetry Project. She also teaches with California Poets in the Schools.  Seretta is a Philip Levine short list book finalist, 2013. Her poetry, writing and translations have appeared in Web del Sol, Margie, Modern Haiku, Frog Pond, City Works, Weave, Waymark: Voices of the Valley, Poetry International Literary Journal on-line, Oberon, The California Poetry Society, Magee Park, and others. She is the author/illustrator of Foreign Dust Familiar Rain (2002) several chapbooks, and two forthcoming books: Sister Constance Tells Secrets & The Art of Climbing Shadows. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications: Video, Film, and Educational Technology from San Diego State University. As a founding member of Haiku San Diego she enjoys writing in short forms, but also writes longer poems, sonnets and experimental poetry. Currently, she is learning the challenging art of Sumi-E Japanese brush painting. Seretta lives in “Ab”Normal Heights, San Diego with her feral Abyssinian-ridgeback-tiger cat, Velcro. (Velly)

PLEASE NOTE: It is best to register at least a week before the start of a class to help our instructors prepare and ensure that a class does not get cancelled or rescheduled.