Heather conducts workshops for small and large groups at schools, art and community centers, youth organizations, elder care homes, nonprofits, and reading or writing groups. She will facilitate a single event or series of workshops.
Art of Poetry
Discover and tune the voice, words, rhythm, and form of your poems. Jump-start the creative process with new techniques. Write and refine your poems in an encouraging, craft-centered workshop. Discover the power of poems to transform your writing and being.
Writing Your Life
Find your story and the voice to tell it. Make memory and experience live on the page through narrative nonfiction techniques. Explore creative architectures for designing your story. Polish your prose in a supportive workshop. Discover the joy of owning, writing, and sharing your unique life story.
Poetry: Vision to Revision
Bring your poems for sharing and feedback. Hone your vision through the revision process. This deep-craft workshop focuses on voice, speaker, occasion, language, rhythm, sound, line breaks, and form. Revision strategies and tips for publishing will be offered.
A Way of Witnessing Grief
Writing through loss and grief we stand with ourselves and bear witness to our lives. By moving closer to grief we can begin to find in it a compassionate companion. We will name, inquire and in-see for the words to make meaning of loss. A workshop in journaling and writing across genres.
Explore the places where you belong, don’t belong, or willingly escape belonging. Become and actualize your own longing to say and to write. Break through resistance to fully occupy your imagination. A workshop in journaling and writing across genres.
A workshop inspired by poems from Wallace Stevens’s “Valley Candle” to Jackson MacLow’s Light Poems. We will also use photography, or “light writing,” and visual art through the practice of ekphrasis as sources of inspiration.
Mad Mods: Still Making It New
Contemporary poetry has its roots in the 20th century’s Modernists. We will draw on their ever-fresh techniques to inspire your original poems and to learn about these great poets: Wallace Stevens, H.D., William Carlos Williams, Langston Hughes, Mina Loy, Marianne Moore, e.e. cummings, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and others.
Writing on your own . . .
Interested in a long-distance individual workshop? Heather will work with you through phone conferences and online exchanges of your writing. Your workshop will be tailored to your needs and goals.