Poetry: Writing the Unspectacular

Regular $140.00
Member $126.00
April 20, 2022 - May 11, 2022
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Open to All Levels
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
4 Week
Poetry Rectangle

Often we write with the belief that there is our “art” and then there is our “life”—that the actual mechanics of how we get from day to day (how we support ourselves financially, for example) have no place in our writing. In this generative poetry workshop, we’ll dismantle this idea, and begin a writing process together that centers the unspectacular—the grind, credit card debt, tasks, toil—in an effort to bridge the linguistic and the lived, to write more truthfully, and see what emerges.We’ll read texts by poets and writers who use the “job” or the “day” as a framework for their thinking in a myriad of ways, as well as works that write explicitly on the subjects of money or debt. Those who took the one-day course in the Fall are welcome to take this longer version—we will visit poems from that class and also look at new ones. The class will include both in-class writing and discussion, with an option to share work aloud, open to all skill levels, beginner’s mind welcome.

Instructions for Accessing This Online Class

In order to access live class meetings, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. The information to join your Zoom classroom will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration. Please check spam folders if you do not see this email upon registration. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.

Some classes use a supplemental Google Classroom page. Should your teaching artist use Google Classroom, you will be invited to join the classroom via email at least 24 hours in advance of your class (check spam folders if you are not seeing this invitation). Please note that Google Classroom requires a Gmail address to access the Classroom. If you do not have a Gmail account, the email invitation will be sent to the email address we have on file and will prompt you to create a free account or enter an existing account to join the classroom. If we are unable to send an email invitation to your non-gmail account, you will be contacted by a staff member to provide a Gmail address. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.