Spring

Creative Writing Workshops at the Sitting Room

with Terry Ehret

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Spring 2018
Sitting Room Poetry Workshops
with Terry Ehret

Reading Contemporary American Women Poets 

Mondays, 9AM to noon

Dates: Feb. 12, 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9
(Please note we will not meet February 19–Presidents Holiday)

$250 for 8 week session, plus $25 donation to the Sitting Room

This will be the first in a series of reading and writing workshops focusing on the work of contemporary American Women poets. This workshop will give those who enjoy reading and writing poetry a chance to gather with like-minded folk to explore in depth poetic craft and form, and to take from this inspiration for our own writing. For the first four weeks, we will focus on Jane Hirshfield, Jorie Graham, Dorianne Laux, and Naomi Shihab Nye, devoting a class to each poet. Each of these classes will also include a writing exercise geared to the poems we are studying. During the second four weeks, participants will bring copies of their own poems for conversation and supportive critique.

The workshop is open to all writers, prose and poetry, beginning and experienced, male and female, young and old. Seating is limited to 12 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis; however, I will reserve two seats for those who are new to my Sitting Room workshops. Those who are on the waiting list will have priority for the next workshop, which will be offered in the fall of 2018.
To reserve a space or find out more about these workshops, e-mail tehret99@comcast.net.

$50 deposit required to hold your space. Send deposit check to Terry Ehret, 924 Sunnyslope Road, Petaluma, CA 94952.

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

Fridays 9 am to noon
February 16-April 20, 2018

$250 for 10 week session, plus $25 donation to the Sitting Room

About the Workshop
We’re halfway through Paradise! This is the final workshop in our three-year study of Dante’s Divine Comedy. We will devote the first six weeks of the workshop to  reading and discussing the Paradiso Cantos 18-33 in English translation. In the final four weeks, participants will bring their own poems for workshop discussion and critique.

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.

To reserve a space or find out more about these workshops, e-mail tehret99@comcast.net. $50 deposit required to hold your space.

Send deposit check to Terry Ehret, 924 Sunnyslope Road, Petaluma, CA 94952.

Note: This is the conclusion of our three-year study of Dante’s Divine Comedy. We will be focusing on cantos 18-33 of Paradiso. Newcomers are welcome, space permitting. Check with me if you’re interested.

 

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.

www.terryehret.com

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