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Speaking Beyond the Self in Poetry

October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Online, N/A, Portland, OR 97207

“Your experience is not yours alone, but in some sense a metaphor for everyone’s.”
-Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux, The Poet’s Companion

What we know in our personal worlds contain essential truths of the larger world. The challenge we face as poets is how to transform our lived experiences–creatively and imaginatively–into art that can be universal. In this 8-week workshop, you’ll learn how to approach real and often fraught experiences in ways that will reach your readers’ hearts and minds. We’ll support each other through the courageous act of writing, while focusing on craft to shape our experiences into a language that resonates with others.

In addition to workshopping personal poems, we’ll look at examples of contemporary poets who write about their lives in fresh, surprising and unexpected ways. There will also be prompts to help guide–and challenge–you as you practice speaking beyond the self.

Access Program
We want our writing classes and Delves to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that our tuition structure can present obstacles for some people. Our Access Program offers writing class and Delve tuitions at a reduced rate. The access program for writing classes covers 60% of the class tuition. Most writing classes have at least one access spot available.

Please apply here for access rate tuition. Contact Susan Moore at if you have questions.

Erica Braverman

Erica Lee Braverman’s poems have appeared in Meridian, Cherry Tree, Puerto Del Sol, Hotel Amerika, Radar Poetry, North American Review, Passages North, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Descant, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. She earned an MFA from the University of Oregon, and teaches writing at Portland Community College.


Portland, OR 97207


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