2018-02/25 What Makes a Poem a Poem? with Molly Larson Cook

Date: First class is February 25, 2018 Time: 12:30pm to 2:30pm Number of sessions: 4 -- Sundays February 25, March 4, 11, 18 Members: $120 Nonmembers: $144 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

This lively four-week series is for beginning poets as well as those with years of experience. As we consider the question – what makes a poem a poem? – we’ll explore both rhymed and unrhymed work, free verse and formal structures, along with the words and sounds and emotions of poetry. We’ll play with nonce forms (you make up the rules) and “brillig” words while we “gyre and gimble” through the light and serious aspects of poetry. You’ll have time to write in class as well as writing assignments (optional). Writers will learn (or review) some of the basic strategies of poetry and become acquainted with a number of published poets. Please bring pen, paper and your poetic spirit!

4 Sundays, February 25, March 4, 11 and 18, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Molly Larson Cook  is an award-winning writer and writing coach. She began as a journalist and has published op-eds and essays as well as a number of magazine and newspaper articles. Molly taught writing and literature in universities on both coasts and in workshops for adult writers at her Skylark Writing Studio on Whidbey Island in Washington. Most recently, she received the 2016 Steve Kowit Poetry Prize, and her winning poem is included in the 2016-2017 San Diego Poetry Annual.  Molly was a Fellow at the Fishtrap Writers Conference in Oregon where she worked with poet Naomi Shihab Nye, and she received the Dibner Fellowship for Fiction in Maine. She twice served as a juror for the Maine Arts Commission’s literary award, most recently in 2017. Molly’s jazz novel, Listen, was published in 2003 and her one-woman show, On Our Way to Somewhere, in 2002. She is engaged in both writing and painting in San Diego.  She blogs about jazz and art at http://jazzycookie.wordpress.com and http://artulips.wordpress.com. She blogs about writing at http://whatwouldsteinbeckdo.wordpress.com and her sometimes cranky and opinionated personal essays appear under the name of her alter ego at http://missfiddidtchhassomethingtosay.wordpress.com


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.