Upcoming classes: Poetry

Take some time for your writing this summer with a series of virtual write-ins hosted by the Grotto. Led by one the Grotto’s many talented and accomplished writers, each of the sessions below provides 60 minutes of space and guidance in which to get your creative energy flowing, generate new material, bring old material up to snuff, and just make contact with the community of writers that is the Grotto, our teachers, and our students.

Choose one or more of the sessions below, and show up for generative exercises designed to help instill confidence in your writing, shift your focus and get you out of a rut, document the emotions and experience of challenging times, and more. Writing prompts, craft tips, timed exercises, accountability—you’ll encounter any or all of these as you write in community with your fellow narrative artists and learn from our writers about what has worked for them. Finish a story you’ve started or free-write your way to something new. Find inspiration and energy writing in virtual community!

Write-ins are held on a variety of days and times to give our students the opportunity to choose a write-in that works best for their schedule.

For virtual events, please contact the instructor directly for Zoom login information.

Questions and information: grottoclasses@gmail.com

Course fee: $25/session

Dates, times, and instructors:

  • Tuesday, August 2nd, 8 – 9 am Pacific Time, with Lisa Lerner (writingismagic100@gmail.com) (Virtual Write-In)
  • Wednesday, August 17th, 6 – 7 pm Pacific Time, with Rita Chang-Eppig (r.c.eppig@gmail.com) (Virtual Write-In)
  • Wednesday, August 24th, 6 – 7 pm Pacific Time, with Rita Chang-Eppig (r.c.eppig@gmail.com) (Virtual Write-In)
  • Wednesday, August 31st, 6 – 7 pm Pacific Time, with Rita Chang-Eppig (r.c.eppig@gmail.com) (Virtual Write-In)

Susan Ito

WEDNESDAYS, OCT. 19th – NOV. 16th  | This is a writing workshop designed exclusively for adopted people, formerly fostered individuals and those born via surrogacy or donor conception. These life experiences have a unique impact and these voices and narratives have often been invisible or silenced. The intention is to create a safe and supportive space for all stories to be heard and acknowledged. We will read and generate work in a variety of genres, including poetry, flash memoir and imaginary narratives. This class will meet as a group via Zoom. I will also hold private conferences with each student at a time that is mutually convenient.

The instructor is a domestically adopted person who edited the anthology, A Ghost At Heart’s Edge: Stories & Poems of Adoption, and whose adoption memoir is forthcoming in 2023.


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