01/19 Writing for Wellness: Poetry of the Everyday with Annie Mascorro

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2012 Time: 1pm-4pm Number of sessions: 1--One Day Class! Members: $45 Nonmembers: $54 Location: Ink Spot, 710 13th St, Studio 210, San Diego, CA 92101

Registration is now closed. Class is full.

“A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom” – Robert Frost

Find joy and wisdom in your voice, build confidence, and embrace your creativity in this beginner poetry workshop. In this three hour session we will explore the power of writing to understand ourselves and our experiences and to bring healing and wellness to our everyday lives.

The theme of this workshop will be what poet Randall Jarrell refers to as “the dailiness of life.”  We will read two poems that celebrate quotidian aspects of the human experience. The class time will include warm-up writing exercises, discussion, and in-class writing. Writing as a transformative process will be emphasized through a supportive, non-judgmental, and encouraging atmosphere.

Annie 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., and on Montana Public Radio’s Collegium Medicium. 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.

“I never thought I could write poetry but in this class I did. Annie made me feel proud of what I wrote and the feelings I shared.” –Karen S.

“She listened and asked questions that got everyone talking. The poem she used was perfect for what all of us are going through. I was surprised to write a poem that expressed feelings I have that I didn’t realize were inside me. I think everyone should come to this class.”
–Dan F.

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