The Accidental Find: Looking for Poetry in Unexpected Places (with Maw Shein Win)

Maw Shein Win

Maw Shein Win




SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 | In this intensive one-day workshop, you will learn and practice inventive strategies that will help generate fresh ideas and jumpstart your writing. Instructor Maw Shein Win will introduce a variety of diverse sources ranging from found photographs, musical excerpts, thrift store paintings to fine art, and non-literary texts such as junk mail to ignite your imagination and push your writing to new places. We will do unconventional in-class exercises and discuss our process. At the end of the workshop, you will leave with new writing and an invaluable list of resources and exercises to keep you moving forward. This lively and interactive class is excellent for both poets and prose writers. As the great dancer Twyla Tharp said, “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” Light snacks and beverages provided. Bring a notebook.

Maw Shein Win is a poet, editor, and educator who lives and works in the Bay Area. Her writing has appeared in various journals, including Cimarron Review, Fanzine, Eleven Eleven, the Fabulist, and the anthology Cross-Strokes: Poetry Between Los Angeles and San Francisco (Otis Books/Seismicity Editions).  She is a poetry editor for Rivet: The Journal of Writing that Risks and along with composer Amanda Chaudhary, a part of musical duo Pitta of the Mind which combines poetry with abstract electronic music.

Her most recent poetry chapbook Score and Bone (Nomadic Press) was nominated for a CLMP Firecracker Award. She is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito.


Number of sessions: 1

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (with a break for lunch)

Date: Sunday, August 13

Course fee: $95

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