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04/12 Poetry Play: A Tour of the Forms with Tania Pryputniewicz

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014 Time: 12:30pm to 4:30pm Number of sessions: 1 -- One day class! Members: $60 Nonmembers: $72 Location: Inspirations Gallery, NTC at Liberty Station 2730 Historic Decatur Rd. Barracks 16, Suite 204 San Diego, CA 92106

Do you haiku? Ever written a haibun, aubade, or epistolary poem? Want to try your hand at a sestina, sonnet, or villanelle? During this four-hour workshop we will fearlessly and playfully write our way towards working drafts of as many of the forms as we can.

We’ll start with the deceptively simple but evocative gem of haiku. Then we’ll breathe into the slightly pithier prose lead required of the haibun with its haiku chaser. Next up: dawn songs, or aubades, for a love lost or left at sunrise. And then, hearts astir, we turn to the letter form: if you could write a letter to anyone, placed at any juncture in time, who would you address?

The last three of our forms—sestina, sonnet, and villanelle—present challenges of rhyme and word repetition and more, but fear not: we will map out a potential course for poems you’ll write later on your own. Bring a notebook and pen; writers across the spectrum welcome, including absolute beginners. While I will provide examples of each form, please feel free to bring in favorite poems written in these forms to share with the group. Come out and play!


taniaCo-founding blogger for Mother, Writer, Mentor, Tania Pryputniewicz teaches poetry and blogging workshops for A Room of Her Own Foundation, Story Circle Network, and MWM. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Tania is the Managing Poetry Editor of The Fertile Source. New poems are forthcoming in Chaparral and Poetry Flash. Her poetry collection, November Butterfly, will be published in 2014 (Saddle Road Press). She is newly relocated to Coronado Island with her husband, three children, one Siberian Husky and two tubby housecats. She blogs at Feral Mom, Feral Writer ( and her main website (