Not the News! Writing Workshop


Not the News! Writing Workshop


Not the News!

A Creative Writing Workshop at Folktale Winery
Five Sessions, beginning April 30th
Sundays 4:30-7pm
Cost: $375

William Carlos Williams said, “It is difficult to get the news from poems…” Yes. Precisely! Let’s take a media break—turn off our phones, our televisions and turn our attention to a form that illuminates the power of language and human experience. For a few hours each Sunday we’ll gather among the vines and barrels at Folktale Winery to read great poems by contemporary writers, including Robert Hass, Jane Hirshfield and Li-Young Lee. Each week we’ll take on a theme (roots, water, light…) and look at how a cross-section of poets approach this theme. We will take our time to “feast on the word” as we listen to a poem’s music or notice the nature of its careful unfolding. Together we will learn how to appreciate a writer’s use of language and craft as a path toward insight and artfulness. 

Companion writing assignments aim to deepen engagement with assigned readings and spark inspiration for drafts of your poems, stories or essays (you are welcome to write in whatever genre calls to you). We will share these drafts in class and offer supportive feedback in the spirit of encouragement and collaboration. At the heart of this class is the opportunity to come together in a structured way to discover, discuss and celebrate writing (and “what is found there”). This course is open to anyone with an interest in writing and an open mind (beginners and prose writers welcome!). Come be a part of the conversation, and feel welcome to stay after class to enjoy a glass of wine by the fire as the sun goes down.


Instructor Bio: Sara Michas-Martin has taught creative writing for the University of Michigan, Stanford University, Goddard College, the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and  as a writer-in-the-schools. She is the author of Gray Matter, winner of the Poets Out Loud Prize and a recipient of a Wallace Stegner fellowship, as well as fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Bread Loaf and Squaw Valley Writers’ conferences. Her essays and poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, The Believer, Best New Poets, Cura, FIELD, Harvard Review, Threepenny Review and elsewhere.

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Please note this is a small workshop style class for adults.

If you registered but are not able to attend the class please notify the instructor as soon as possible for a full refund.

Refunds will not be given after the start of the class on April 30th, 2017.

For any questions please email Sara Michas-Martin at