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, which I offer in audio and video formats,
& via two live webinars.
for poets and aspiring poets
at any stage
especially those wishing to deepen their daily writing practice
& connect with more purpose
You may also submit up to three new pieces of work for optional feedback from myself or my colleague, the poet and book artist, Amber Edmondson, who joined me in 2017 as a teaching assistant. We are dedicated to helping you take your early drafts, and transforming them into polished poems.
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. meet me for two live webinars, so that we can write together and talk about the process. listen to my audio meditations and watch the other video content I’ve curated for you.
at the end, you may submit up to three poems, passages or poetic fragments & receive thoughtful feedback on your work in progress.
“Thank you for offering these challenges. The curated poetry is a gift in itself, and the provocations are perfect. I did need to refocus my practice toward quiet time for writing and reading, and I knew this challenge would help. It did. I started seeing the world as poems again, and the voice inside my head flipped its tone to poetry, too. Since then I find myself running to pen and paper to scribble down little lines.”—Vanessa H., 2018
read. explore. enjoy generating material for a new poem, passage or poetic fragment each day for three weeks. train your body and mind to make poetry a true practice. join me and other committed poets in two live webinars, where we will write and learn together in real time.
optional, but why not?
at the end of the session, submit up to three new poems for private feedback.
believe in yourself & the value of making time & space for poetry.
September 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, 2017
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, 2015
q & a
Are there any prerequisites for participation in this course?
The desire to write is all that’s required.
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 questions or technical challenges related to receipt of the materials, you’re welcome to reach out for assistance. I am here to help and guide the process! If you need private coaching, we can also arrange for that.
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 in progress (up to three new poems, writing during class) 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, who is the author of three poetry collections and an experienced editor, will review your work. Our goal is to help you move forward by offering supportive suggestions in writing, for next steps and possible revisions. You will receive those in the mail approximately ten days after your deadline. This is strictly optional and many writers prefer to simply write poems, and not think about feedback until another time. Do what feels right for you.
How do the live webinars work?
We will meet twice during the 21 Day Poetry Challenge, to learn and write together in real time. You will receive an exclusive invitation to join me via Zoom video conferencing for the occasion; you can connect via your preferred device. I always record these sessions in case the timing of the live workshops doesn’t suit your schedule, and provide the link to view the video the following day.
How much time should I expect to spend on the course content?
I encourage you to commit to 15-30 minutes of reading, writing or practice each day. I will guide you! This program is designed to help you get into a regular rhythm with your writing, and to help you sustain this commitment over enough time that you don’t give it up after the session ends.
How will I receive the daily lessons? What form will they take?
I send the each day’s lesson via email at 5:0o am EST. Occasionally I will include a short video or audio recording for you, but I try to keep your engagement with your device to a minimum, so that you can focus your primary attention on writing and reading.
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 myself or a guest editor at the end of the course.
What if I prefer to receive feedback from Holly?
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 provide ample opportunities for my feedback as well.
“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, 2016