Bird’s Online Writing Classes

$279.00

October Classes
All of my 4-week classes are meant to empower you as a writer, no matter if you are a very beginner or have been writing for years.  
Each week you will receive a weekly syllabus with a variety of writing prompts for you to choose from, 
as well as links to model poems that will help guide you. I have been teaching this format online for ten years, and it is an enriching experience. 
My students love my classes and many have been taking my classes for years (you can read some of my many testimonials below). 
Time Commitment:  2-5 hours per week (students can, of course, put in more hours).
All writing levels welcome. Beginners embraced. Basic Internet and computer skills needed.
 

Your Life in Poems, Part I


October 1 – 28
Imagine your great-grandchildren sitting down to read about your life and learning your life wisdom. Imagine them reading the stories of your own parents and grandparents. Poetry is an amazing, empowering way to keep your life and family stories alive for many generations to come. Don’t let your family stories go untold. Record these precious memories for generations to come. This is Part I of a 3-part course, but ANY of the 3 sections can be taken individually. Part I writing will include: Earliest Memory Poems – First Family & First Home, First Love Poems – What and Who You Loved as a Child, Mother & Father Poems, Grandmother & Grandfather Poems. You will be guided through an extensive series of easy & enjoyable writing exercises to help you build everlasting stories that will last many lifetimes. You can use poems written in class to begin compiling your very own life story poetry book that can be shared with family and friends – and passed down for generations to come.
Your Life in Poems, Part II
 
October 1 – 28
Imagine your great-grandchildren sitting down to read about your life and learning your life wisdom. Imagine them reading the stories of your own parents and grandparents. Poetry is an amazing, empowering way to keep your life and family stories alive for many generations to come. Don’t let your family stories go untold. Record these precious memories for generations to come. This is Part 1I of a 3-part course, but ANY of the 3 sections can be taken individually. Part II writing will include: Stories of Great-grandparents & Those Who Came Before; Stories of Love, Romance, Marriage; Family & Friends; Life Victories & Joys. You will be guided through an extensive series of easy & enjoyable writing exercises to help you build everlasting stories that will last many lifetimes. You can use poems written in class to begin compiling your very own life story poetry book that can be shared with family and friends – and passed down for generations to come.
Fall Haiku
October 1 – 28
What better time to write haiku than during the beautifully changing season of fall. Even when the leaves have already fallen, there is a quiet in the air. It is a time to contemplate. It is a time to consider one’s own changes. Treat yourself to some quiet time writing this contemplative form and learn an important practice that will enhance your writing and your life. The class has been designed to meet the needs of both very beginning poets and advanced poets. Come journey with me!
 
Haibun
October 1 – 28
Haibun is a wonderful Japanese form that originates from haiku. The magic of haibun is that it tells a story using both prose and haiku, giving you more freedom to create and play with the stories you want to tell, whether your own or those from your imagination. Bruce Ross writes: “If a haiku is an insight into a moment of experience, a haibun is the story or narrative of how someone came to have that insight.” Come explore this fun and exciting way of writing!
Time for Your Book!
October 1 – 28
You’ve been taking classes with me for years and now you have all these wonderful poems (yes, they’re wonderful!). That means it’s time to start organizing them and doing final edits on them to create your book. In this class, we’ll start the process of looking at our poems, editing them (and receiving feedback from our peers and of course, Bird), organizing them and deciding on section headings and a book title. This class will continue into other months, so you can do it step by step by step. Cuz your stories are important, and it’s time to gather them for future generations!
 
Take Your Own Class
Dates tbd by student
Take Your Own Class means that you can choose any of the classes I have taught and you will be working directly with me for 4 weeks. Options include: Your Life in Poems, Haiku as a Way to Inner Peace, The Wonderful Awful Stories She Had to Tell, Wisdom of Great Women Poets, Rumi: Finding Your Own Life Wisdom, In Joy: Writing to Access Joy, Matters of the Heart, Wisdom & Inner Peace of Writing Nature with Mary Oliver as Your Guide, Lucille Clifton as Model Poet, Pablo Neruda & Federico Garcia Lorca as Model Poets, Sacred Poems, Persona Poems, Fun with Prose Poetry, Haiban (haiku with prose), Haiga (haiku with artwork or photos), & Poetry for the Truly Terrified (Beginning Poetry)

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October Classes
All of my 4-week classes are meant to empower you as a writer, no matter if you are a very beginner or have been writing for years.  
Each week you will receive a weekly syllabus with a variety of writing prompts for you to choose from, 
as well as links to model poems that will help guide you. I have been teaching this format online for ten years, and it is an enriching experience. 
My students love my classes and many have been taking my classes for years (you can read some of my many testimonials below). 
Time Commitment:  2-5 hours per week (students can, of course, put in more hours).
All writing levels welcome. Beginners embraced. Basic Internet and computer skills needed.
 

Your Life in Poems, Part I


October 1 – 28
Imagine your great-grandchildren sitting down to read about your life and learning your life wisdom. Imagine them reading the stories of your own parents and grandparents. Poetry is an amazing, empowering way to keep your life and family stories alive for many generations to come. Don’t let your family stories go untold. Record these precious memories for generations to come. This is Part I of a 3-part course, but ANY of the 3 sections can be taken individually. Part I writing will include: Earliest Memory Poems – First Family & First Home, First Love Poems – What and Who You Loved as a Child, Mother & Father Poems, Grandmother & Grandfather Poems. You will be guided through an extensive series of easy & enjoyable writing exercises to help you build everlasting stories that will last many lifetimes. You can use poems written in class to begin compiling your very own life story poetry book that can be shared with family and friends – and passed down for generations to come.
Your Life in Poems, Part II
 
October 1 – 28
Imagine your great-grandchildren sitting down to read about your life and learning your life wisdom. Imagine them reading the stories of your own parents and grandparents. Poetry is an amazing, empowering way to keep your life and family stories alive for many generations to come. Don’t let your family stories go untold. Record these precious memories for generations to come. This is Part 1I of a 3-part course, but ANY of the 3 sections can be taken individually. Part II writing will include: Stories of Great-grandparents & Those Who Came Before; Stories of Love, Romance, Marriage; Family & Friends; Life Victories & Joys. You will be guided through an extensive series of easy & enjoyable writing exercises to help you build everlasting stories that will last many lifetimes. You can use poems written in class to begin compiling your very own life story poetry book that can be shared with family and friends – and passed down for generations to come.
Fall Haiku
October 1 – 28
What better time to write haiku than during the beautifully changing season of fall. Even when the leaves have already fallen, there is a quiet in the air. It is a time to contemplate. It is a time to consider one’s own changes. Treat yourself to some quiet time writing this contemplative form and learn an important practice that will enhance your writing and your life. The class has been designed to meet the needs of both very beginning poets and advanced poets. Come journey with me!
 
Haibun
October 1 – 28
Haibun is a wonderful Japanese form that originates from haiku. The magic of haibun is that it tells a story using both prose and haiku, giving you more freedom to create and play with the stories you want to tell, whether your own or those from your imagination. Bruce Ross writes: “If a haiku is an insight into a moment of experience, a haibun is the story or narrative of how someone came to have that insight.” Come explore this fun and exciting way of writing!
Time for Your Book!
October 1 – 28
You’ve been taking classes with me for years and now you have all these wonderful poems (yes, they’re wonderful!). That means it’s time to start organizing them and doing final edits on them to create your book. In this class, we’ll start the process of looking at our poems, editing them (and receiving feedback from our peers and of course, Bird), organizing them and deciding on section headings and a book title. This class will continue into other months, so you can do it step by step by step. Cuz your stories are important, and it’s time to gather them for future generations!
 
Take Your Own Class
Dates tbd by student
Take Your Own Class means that you can choose any of the classes I have taught and you will be working directly with me for 4 weeks. Options include: Your Life in Poems, Haiku as a Way to Inner Peace, The Wonderful Awful Stories She Had to Tell, Wisdom of Great Women Poets, Rumi: Finding Your Own Life Wisdom, In Joy: Writing to Access Joy, Matters of the Heart, Wisdom & Inner Peace of Writing Nature with Mary Oliver as Your Guide, Lucille Clifton as Model Poet, Pablo Neruda & Federico Garcia Lorca as Model Poets, Sacred Poems, Persona Poems, Fun with Prose Poetry, Haiban (haiku with prose), Haiga (haiku with artwork or photos), & Poetry for the Truly Terrified (Beginning Poetry)