Sunrise Poetry: Write Five Poems in Five Days

Open Seats


Regular $175.00
Member $157.50
December 13, 2021-December 17, 2021
6 a.m.-8 a.m.
Open to All Levels
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
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Week-Long (Youth or Intensive)
Poetry Rectangle

Ever dream of having a daily writing practice, but life keeps getting in the way? Looking for a writing ritual to push through the dark days of winter? This workshop is for anyone seeking community and who wants to create new work, fast. In the week before the winter solstice, during the shortest days of the year, we will meet in the early morning—before work, before the children rise—and we will write intensively for five days. At the end of the week, you’ll have five new poems you can revisit and revise at your own pace. Moreover, you’ll leave with an additional prompt for the solstice, to carry your new practice into the beginning of longer, lighter days.

Each morning, we will read and discuss poetry by poets like Ilya Kaminsky, Paige Lewis, Keetje Kuipers, Hanif Abdurraqib, Sharon Olds, and others. We will also write. Daily prompts will take advantage of the flexibility of our early-morning brain—encouraging leaps, honesty, and discoveries our later-hour brains might overlook or shy away from. Finally, we will workshop poems written in the last 24 hours, always keeping an eye on generosity and our dual purpose of asking questions and singing praises (these will be, after all, new poems).

This daily commitment is intended not only to help you carve out writing time, but to push you into new creative territories—in one short writing season, we will dive deep and then return to brighter days, poems in hand.

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.