Register for Poetry March Madness 2015


March Madness is all about elimination. The competition winnows out teams one by one until only the best of the best remains. The games are thrilling and sometimes heartbreaking, but it’s the quick elimination of the weaker teams that ratchets up the competitive drama.

Many poets struggle with revising their poems, especially when they have to cut lines or stanzas. Although we know a poem could benefit from pruning, our attachments to our work interfere with our ability to lose the words that weigh a poem down.

In this online workshop, you’ll spend two weeks trimming the excess from your poems. You’ll eliminate bulky lines and unnecessary words. You’ll learn to let go of attachments to the phrases and stanzas that don’t really belong. And you’ll get practical advice for decluttering your space (whether it be hard drive or desk), as well as how and when to let go of the poems that just aren’t taking off.

In April, when it’s National Poetry Month, many of you will try to write a poem every day. Let’s spend the weeks leading up to that shaping, polishing, and revising our old material.

What you’ll get:

  1. Prompts to help you revise and condense your poems.
  2. Advice on how to declutter your hard drive and writing space, organize your work, and let go of drafts that aren’t working.
  3. Intensive one-on-one critique of two poems throughout the beginning, middle, and end of the workshop, guiding you through multiple stages of deep revision. Critiques available via email, phone, or Skype/Google Hangout.

Cost: $20 (Note: Nobody will be turned away for inability to pay. Please contact me at if you need to make alternate arrangements.)

To register:

  1. Fill out the online form:
  2. Submit payment via Paypal to (If unable to use Paypal, please contact me to set something else up.)

Coming in 2013: Achieve your dreams with my new workshop!

I’m thrilled to announce that I’m launching a workshop series for 2013. Starting in December (to kick the new year off right), I’ll be guiding students through goal-setting, weathering setbacks, and accomplishing their creative plans.

Achieve Your Dreams 2013

What are your creative dreams for 2013? Do you want to write a book? Get a piece published? Or are you just looking to complete that first draft, taking the first step into a fulfilling artistic life?
You have the desire, and you have the drive, but setting goals and sticking to them can be a challenge. With this yearlong course, you’ll get at the heart of your goals, figure out a plan, and work through obstacles in a supportive online setting.

In this course, you will learn to:

  • Articulate not just your goals, but what they signify for your overall creative life
  • Set realistic plans for the year, month, and week
  • Manage setbacks without guilt
  • Recognize that goals change over time, and adjust accordingl
What you get:
  • One two-hour monthly seminar via Google+ Hangout (see below)
  • Weekly check-ins with me via email or video chat (your preference)
  • Exercises to do at home to help you get inspire and stay focused

Check out my Workshops and Coaching page for more details, including pricing and sign-up information.