A special reading and writing workshop with author and editor Megan Willome.
Begins February 3. Limit 10 participants. Sign up by Friday January 24 to avoid a late registration fee.
A lot of us in the land of Tweetspeak are moms. A lot of us love poetry. Therefore, a lot of us are Moms on Poetry.
How do we make sense of the enormous part of our identity that is “motherhood”? Unlike other aspects of who we are, motherhood waxes and wanes like the moon. It is not gone when the moon is new and our children have moved out, nor is it the whole of ourselves when the moon, and our hands, are full.
Every mother experiences heartache in her role. For some, the trauma is terrible, and then done. For others, it remains; we adjust and find loveliness anyway. In my own experience of motherhood, I’ve found no better way to do that than with poetry. Sometimes it makes more sense than reality.
In this community-style writing and reading workshop, we mothers will make a poetry journal. We’ll write about the poems we’re reading, and then we’ll write our own poems. I’ll bring some, and you’ll bring some to share with a partner.
In addition to reading and writing poems, we’ll also read three books that feature mothers: Brown Girl Dreaming, by Newbery Award-winning author and poet Jacqueline Woodson; Rattlesnake Stories, a memoir by Anna Mitchael, about raising her boys way out in the country; and The Golden Dress, a mother’s fairy tale by L.L. Barkat, illustrated by Gail Nadeau.
$350 • 8-Week Course Includes
• Weekly servings of poetry, podcasts, and music, along with a section each week from the book we are reading
• Jealous poem stacks from each week’s theme
• Six asynchronous group discussions you can participate in at your convenience and two live Zoom video chats (recorded, in case you need to miss)
• Weekly pairing with a peer to share poems about motherhood
• Weekly writing prompts
Basic 8-Week Material
weeks 1-5: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson + poetry selections
Week 1: BODY
Week 2: TIME
Week 3: MISTAKES
Week 4: WORK
Week 5: DAUGHTER
weeks 6-8: Rattlesnake Stories by Anna Mitchael + poetry selections
Week 6: SON
Week 7: WOMAN
Week 8: HEROINE
$420 • 12-week Course Also Includes
• Four more weeks of lessons and hand-selected poetry, podcasts, music and chapters related to motherhood
• Four more weeks of prompts to help you grow as a writer
• Three more asynchronous discussions you can participate in at your convenience and one more live Zoom video chat (recorded, in case you need to miss)
• Professional feedback celebrating your poetry journal
• Continued access to the private classroom space after the course is completed
Additional 12-Week Material
weeks 9-12: The Golden Dress by L.L. Barkat, illustrated by Gail Nadeau + poetry selections
Week 9: STORM
Week 10: LOSS
Week 11: HOPE
Week 12: MOTHER
Private online group setting that includes a free digital copy of one of T. S. Poetry Press’s colorful books for children, The Golden Dress.
Note to Teachers
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You Will Need
A computer or mobile device with an internet connection capable of accessing our interactive online space, clicking on documents, and participating in Zoom chats. And you’ll need your favorite writing devices: computer, tablet, pencil, pen, crayon, notebook paper, Moleskine, spiral, or other creative tool.
Your Workshop Leader
Megan Willome is the author of The Joy of Poetry: How to Keep, Save & Make Your Life With Poems and is a contributing writer to the Wacoan magazine, the Fredericksburg Standard Radio Post, and Tweetspeak Poetry.
Registration Now Open
8 week workshop • BUY NOW • $350 + $10 late registration fee = $360
12 week workshop • BUY NOW • $420 + $10 late registration fee = $430
From Past Tweetspeak Workshop Participants
Sharon Gibbs: Thank you for making Tweetspeak Poetry such a rich area of living and learning. The workshops are not only life-changing, but they have blessed me with friendships and community outside the classroom(s).
Laura Lapins Willis: The writing workshop I’m taking with Tweetspeak Poetry has been transformational. I’ve had a great teacher/mentor who has encouraged our group with interesting readings and assignments. My classmates have broadened my perspective and challenged me to be a better reader and writer.
Brad Grout: I am personally getting so much out of this memoir workshop…you people are AMAZING!
Lane Arnold: I struck gold. An afternoon session of writing poetry is good for the soul. The poetry workshop is a catalyst for creativity.
Lexanne Leonard: The most important step I’ve taken is to join Tweetspeak’s Poetry Workshop with Anne Doe Overstreet. I cannot begin to thank Tweetspeak, Anne, and my fellow students for this journey.
Darlene S.: I don’t think I can put into words both the overall value of the lessons learned and the encouragement I got.
Debra Hale-Shelton: My writing had become formulaic after so many years having to write the facts and just the facts. For the first time in years, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my craft, again dreamed of becoming what I dreamed of at age 18—a writer, not a reporter.
Rhonda Owen: Both of the Tweetspeak workshops I’ve taken this year have nourished me on so many levels. I also feel energized and revitalized through the relationships I’ve formed with the lovely, talented, kind people I’ve met in the workshops. Transformative is the best word to describe it…
Sandra Heska King: This was absolutely the single best whim I’ve followed.
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