a 21-day poetry challenge
for poets and aspiring poets who want to read and write more poems
cross the threshold
between not-writing & writing. it isn’t about inspiration…
it’s about habit, rhythm, & practice.
find a path
to your own work
via contemporary poems & effective writing provocations
writing will feel easier & enjoyable
as you loosen up, tone your writing muscles
with sensitive guidance
on the creative process
for poets and aspiring poets
at any stage
especially those wishing to deepen their daily writing practice
& connect with more purpose
New in 2018: I now offer an opportunity to meet and write together via Zoom video on the eve of the Solstice or Equinox. More details upon registration.
You may still submit up to three new pieces of work for optional feedback from myself or my colleague, Amber Edmondson, who joined me in 2017 as a teaching assistant. Additional poems may be sent to me, specifically, if you purchase a Portfolio Review when you enroll.
Graduates of this course may also enroll in the Poetry Immersion program. Some also go on to join A Body of Work, where we turn our poems into manuscripts.
I’ll email you a contemporary poem & original writing provocation each morning for 21 days, concluding on the solstice or equinox. I write these new for you, in real time, each session.
at the end, you may submit up to three poems, passages or poetic fragments & receive thoughtful feedback from a guest editor experienced at reviewing work in progress.
“Your assignments and prompts give me the impression that you’re completely tuned into our thoughts—as if all of us participants are connected and riding the same wave, despite being in different parts of the world.” Ameesha Joshi
read. feel. enjoy generating material for a new poem, passage or poetic fragment each day. train your body and mind to make poetry a true practice.
optional, but why not?
at the end of the series, submit up to three new poems for private feedback from a published poet and experienced guest editor.
believe in yourself & the value of making time & space for poetry.
June 1-21, 2018
*These writing challenges are offered four times each year in March, June, September & December. I create new content for you each time so that you can participate as often as you like.
“This class was a leap outside my comfort zone, but I loved every minute of it—the daily prompt format was awesome and I was moved by the poems you selected as examples. The line from the class that is going on my inspiration wall is A poem is a place to say things we might not otherwise say out loud.” Kelli Fitzpatrick
we’ll raise your poetry EQ…
this just might spark a love affair with a new-to-you poet.
we’ll establish the foundation for a more sustainable creative life.
up to 21 drafts of poems, by you, to continue working with…to feel proud of.
a deeper experience…through sensitive feedback on 3 of your poems.
grants you entry into my poetry immersion program.
learn more here.
“I feel almost completely free of expectations: my own, yours or anyone else’s during these almost daily writings. They have yielded bits and pieces, scraps of fire and light, and best of all, occasional surprises.” Lisa Colt
q & a
Are there any prerequisites for participation in this course?
The desire to write is all that’s required.
Will I share my work at any point during the course?
My hope is that you’ll use this time to focus on generating new work without worrying about what anyone else thinks about it. You’re also invited to submit up to three new poems for private, hand-written feedback from a guest editor at the end of the course.
What if I have questions along the way?
This course is designed as an independent study, and all that you’ll need is provided in the daily email dispatches. If you have technical challenges related to receipt of the materials, you’re welcome to reach out for assistance.
How does feedback work?
Write for 21 days and on the 22nd day I will send you guidelines for how to prepare and submit your work for feedback. You’ll have until the last day of the month to send it to me via email. If you are doing this challenge for the first time, I will read and comment on your poems. If you are a returning participant, my talented colleague, Amber Edmondson (author of three collections and an experienced editor) will look at your work. Our goal is to help you move forward by offering suggestions in writing, for next steps and possible revisions, which you will receive in the mail approximately ten days after your deadline. This is strictly optional.
What if I prefer to receive feedback from Holly?
After five years of running this popular and growing program alone, I’ve decided to focus my attention on the curriculum and offering a live workshop via video. I am happy to schedule a portfolio review with you after 21 is over, and have a few of those opportunities available each season. My Poetry Immersion program and A Body of Work give you access to this as well. Thank you for understanding that collaboration allows me to continue this program for poets and aspiring poets, in a sustainable mode.
“I have done this program and can attest that it changed how I view writing — that it’s a muscle that needs regular stretching and strengthening, instead of just waiting around for the muse to show up. I am no poet, really, but it was fun and inspiring and my other writing definitely benefited.” Emily Bingham