Creative Writing Workshops at the Sitting Room

with Terry Ehret

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Terry Ehret’s Fall 2016 Workshops at the Sitting Room

“Nel Mezzo del Cammin”: Reading Dante’s Divine Comedy

Note: This is a continuation of the workshop that began in Fall 2015-Spring 2016, in which we read Inferno. Newcomers are welcome, space permitting. Check with me if you’re interested.

Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon
September 16-November 18
Ten Meeting Dates: Sept. 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18

Location: Sitting Room, 2025 Curtis Drive, Penngrove
Cost: $250 workshop fee, plus $25 donation to the Sitting Room

Dante Alighieri lived and wrote in the 13th and 14th centuries in Italy. Seven centuries later, his work continues to inspire and influence poets, artists, and musicians. Yet many of us (myself included) have only read excerpts from the Divine Comedy, his great epic in which the poet, lost in the dark woods, is met by the Roman poet Virgil, and escorted on a journey through Hell, Purgatory, and finally granted a vision of Paradise. We will spend the first six weeks of the workshop reading and discussing Purgatorio in English translation, as well as modern and contemporary poems and essays inspired by Dante’s vision. In the final four weeks, participants will bring their own poems for workshop discussion and critique.

Note: If enough participants are interested, I am also hoping to offer a two-week Travel/Writing Workshop in Florence in summer of 2017.

To reserve a space or find out more about these workshops, e-mail


About the Workshop Leader

Terry Ehret was born in San Francisco in 1955. She received a BA from Stanford University in 1977, and an MA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University in 1984.

Ehret’s poetry, essays, stories and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and her poems have won several literary awards including the National Poetry Series, California Commonwealth Club Book Award, Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, and four Pushcart Prize nominations.

Ehret’s first collection of poems was a collaboration with poets Susan Herron Sibbet and Steve Gilmartin called Suspensions (White Mountain Press, 1990). Her full length collection of poems, Lost Body, was selected by Carolyn Kizer for publication with Copper Canyon Press for the National Poetry Series in 1993. In 1995 Protean Press published Travel/How We Go on Living, a letter press, limited edition chapbook. In that same year, her series of poems based on Picasso’s portraits of women took first place in the Pablo Neruda Poetry Competition, and was published in Nimrod’s Awards Issue. This series is also featured in her 2001 collection, Translations from the Human Language.

In 1999, Ehret co-founded Sixteen Rivers Press, a shared-work publishing collective for San Francisco Bay Area poets. From 2004-2006 she served as poet laureate of Sonoma County where lives and works as a creative writing teacher and manuscript consultant. Her collection of lyric and prose poems, Lucky Break (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2008) was nominated for awards by the Northern California Book Reviewers  and the Northern California Independent Book Sellers Associations. Her most recent collection, Night Sky Journey, was published by Kelly’s Cove Press in 2011.

For more information about her publications, workshops, and  readings, visit her websites.


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