Aug
12
2:00 PM14:00

SOLD OUT Six-Week Online Summer Sunday Workshop

Get those poems off your wall and down on paper with this six-week summer online workshop. You must have some workshop experience to join us. Email me at jenniferlknox at gmail for sign-up/details.

In this six-session online workshop in Google Hangouts, we'll read each other poems as well as poetry that inspires us to write and take risks. During the session, you'll be asked to write, read, talk, share your work. I'll email you instructions and reading materials when you sign up.

DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP: FRIDAY, JUNE 22
10 spots
$150 for six sessions
2 pm Iowa time-4 pm with breaks

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Aug
5
2:00 PM14:00

SOLD OUT Six-Week Online Summer Sunday Workshop

Get those poems off your wall and down on paper with this six-week summer online workshop. You must have some workshop experience to join us. Email me at jenniferlknox at gmail for sign-up/details.

In this six-session online workshop in Google Hangouts, we'll read each other poems as well as poetry that inspires us to write and take risks. During the session, you'll be asked to write, read, talk, share your work. I'll email you instructions and reading materials when you sign up.

DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP: FRIDAY, JUNE 22
10 spots
$150 for six sessions
2 pm Iowa time-4 pm with breaks

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Jul
29
2:00 PM14:00

SOLD OUT Six-Week Online Summer Sunday Workshop

Get those poems off your wall and down on paper with this six-week summer online workshop. You must have some workshop experience to join us. Email me at jenniferlknox at gmail for sign-up/details.

In this six-session online workshop in Google Hangouts, we'll read each other poems as well as poetry that inspires us to write and take risks. During the session, you'll be asked to write, read, talk, share your work. I'll email you instructions and reading materials when you sign up.

DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP: FRIDAY, JUNE 22
10 spots
$150 for six sessions
2 pm Iowa time-4 pm with breaks

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Jul
22
2:00 PM14:00

SOLD OUT Six-Week Online Summer Sunday Workshop

Get those poems off your wall and down on paper with this six-week summer online workshop. You must have some workshop experience to join us. Email me at jenniferlknox at gmail for sign-up/details.

In this six-session online workshop in Google Hangouts, we'll read each other poems as well as poetry that inspires us to write and take risks. During the session, you'll be asked to write, read, talk, share your work. I'll email you instructions and reading materials when you sign up.

DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP: FRIDAY, JUNE 22
10 spots
$150 for six sessions
2 pm Iowa time-4 pm with breaks

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Jul
15
2:00 PM14:00

SOLD OUT Six-Week Online Summer Sunday Workshop

Get those poems off your wall and down on paper with this six-week summer online workshop. You must have some workshop experience to join us. Email me at jenniferlknox at gmail for sign-up/details.

In this six-session online workshop in Google Hangouts, we'll read each other poems as well as poetry that inspires us to write and take risks. During the session, you'll be asked to write, read, talk, share your work. I'll email you instructions and reading materials when you sign up.

DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP: FRIDAY, JUNE 22
10 spots
$150 for six sessions
2 pm Iowa time-4 pm with breaks

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Jul
8
2:00 PM14:00

SOLD OUT Six-Week Online Summer Sunday Workshop

Get those poems off your wall and down on paper with this six-week summer online workshop. You must have some workshop experience to join us. Email me at jenniferlknox at gmail for sign-up/details.

In this six-session online workshop in Google Hangouts, we'll read each other poems as well as poetry that inspires us to write and take risks. During the session, you'll be asked to write, read, talk, share your work. I'll email you instructions and reading materials when you sign up.

DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP: FRIDAY, JUNE 22
10 spots
$150 for six sessions
2 pm Iowa time-4 pm with breaks

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Mar
25
10:00 AM10:00

SOLD OUT! Writing from Your Intuition & Subconscious Mind

Sorry, this class is sold out! Sign up for our class email list at jenniferlknox at gmail.com for a head's up on classes.

You don't have to be a special super-sensitive genius to write poems. Your mind already has everything it needs, but logical sense often gets in the way. Allowing your subconscious mind to drive a poem is a thrilling experience—one beyond words—that connects you to the universe. But how can you tap into it? We'll dust off the cobwebs of winter and spring clean our brains with prompts that work our intuition through sound, deep images and pure nonsense. All levels welcome but a fair tolerance of ambiguity is recommended. 

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DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP: March 16, 2018
10 spots
All levels
$80
10 am Iowa time-4 pm with breaks for writing/lunch.
Email me at jenniferlknox at gmail for sign-up/details.

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Jan
15
6:00 PM18:00

Graduate Poetry Writing at Iowa State University

 Cédric Villani & His Prepared Mind

Cédric Villani & His Prepared Mind

Spring 2018, Mondays, 6-9 pm
Open to former 306 students

In his book on the origin of ideas, Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure, mathematician Cédric Villani concludes that illumination cannot occur in a vacuum. It presents itself to the “prepared mind” in a process that moves from hard work to illumination then back to hard work. That hard work and preparation, according to Villani, entails seeking out diverse ideas, solutions, thought processes, etc. and incorporating them into what we already know—i.e. folding new ingredients into our cake batter. Our work in this workshop will be to prepare our minds for illumination.

As a facilitator, my goal is to create a space where diverse ideas are heard, valued, and can be acted upon. The workshop is the ideal setting for this exchange, which is why poets at all levels return to workshops, residencies, writing communities, etc.: the more contact with ideas and artists who differ from us, the more connected, relevant and awake our work will be.

We’re all trying to make different music. Some of us are trying to make music that hasn’t been heard yet—not even by the people who are trying to make it. To pursue music that has yet to be heard (only knowing it must be heard) is difficult. My objective is to create a community in which those poets can manifest their unprecedented solutions to the unprecedented troubles of our time. Other poets have heard the music they’re working hard to make. Let’s listen to it.

The community we build together could be one of your strongest assets as a writer. That’s not hype. While my MFA professors at New York University had a profound impact on my poems, my classmates continue to have a profound impact on my life—from artistic and emotional support to professional opportunities—over fifteen years later.

Never have we been able to connect with so many other poets, ideas, and meaningful, sustainable opportunities for artists. Though the current political climate can feel unbearably isolating, in reality we are unprecedentedly connected.

Sessions will be mostly reserved for workshop. We will collectively determine the structure, time allotment system/s, and frequency we wish to use. Poets from outside the class will be read to energize discussions of craft and publishing. Participants will also be asked to give short informal presentations on influences and illuminations. Regular conferences with the instructor and poetry dates with colleagues will be scheduled. 

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Dec
17
10:00 AM10:00

SOLD OUT: PROMPTLY 2: ANOTHER FAST-PACED ONLINE POETRY BOOTCAMP

Are you ready stretch your muscles and get writing? In this six hour class, divided into 10 half-hour, fast-paced mini-sessions, we'll write poems based on a variety of open-ended writing prompts. We'll utilize classic and contemporary poems as models, share our drafts, and discuss each others' work. This workshop is open to all levels. I'll email you instructions and reading materials when you sign up at jenniferlknox at gmail.

DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 6 p.m.
10 spots
$80
10 am Iowa time-4 pm with a 30 minute lunch break at noon and two 15 minute breaks throughout.

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Nov
19
10:00 AM10:00

SOLD OUT: PROMPTLY: A FAST-PACED ONLINE POETRY BOOTCAMP

THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT. JOIN US FOR ANOTHER "PROMPTLY" CLASS ON DECEMBER 17!

Are you ready stretch your muscles and get writing? In this six hour class, divided into 10 half-hour, fast-paced mini-sessions, we'll write poems based on a variety of open-ended writing prompts. We'll utilize classic and contemporary poems as models, share our drafts, and discuss each others' work. This workshop is open to all levels. I'll email you instructions and reading materials when you sign up at jenniferlknox at gmail.

DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 6 p.m.
10 spots
$80
10 am Iowa time-4 pm with a 30 minute lunch break at noon and two 15 minute breaks throughout.

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Sep
23
to Sep 24

StoCo's "Wild Women of the Woods": Powdering the Wow

For Story County Conservation's Fifth Annual "Wild Women of the Woods" conference at Hickory Grove Park. Due to popular demand, this event will be extended to offer an optional two nights of camping! Participants can choose from many different sessions including Archery, Paddle Boarding, Campfire Cooking, Animal Tracking, Meditation Coloring, Regatta Rowing, Creating Backyard Habitats, Knot Tying, Fishing, Music, and much, much more! 

THE CLASS: Using a simple dehydrator and a coffee grinder, we’ll create some inspired seasoning blends with dried veggies, herbs, mushrooms and some surprise ingredients. We’ll experiment hands on with balance, heat and sodium levels to develop your perfect personalized blend. More sign up info coming soon!

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Jul
9
2:00 PM14:00

Six-Week Online Summer Sunday Workshop

Get those poems off your wall and down on paper with this six-week summer online workshop. You must have some workshop experience to join us. Email me at jenniferlknox at gmail for sign-up/details.

In this six-session online workshop in Google Hangouts, we'll read each other poems as well as poetry that inspires us to write and take risks. During the session, you'll be asked to write, read, talk, share your work. I'll email you instructions and reading materials when you sign up.

DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP: FRIDAY, JUNE 2
10 spots
$50 per session or $125 for all six.
2 pm Iowa time-4 pm with breaks.

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Jul
2
2:00 PM14:00

Six-Week Online Summer Sunday Workshop

Get those poems off your wall and down on paper with this six-week summer online workshop. You must have some workshop experience to join us. Email me at jenniferlknox at gmail for sign-up/details.

In this six-session online workshop in Google Hangouts, we'll read each other poems as well as poetry that inspires us to write and take risks. During the session, you'll be asked to write, read, talk, share your work. I'll email you instructions and reading materials when you sign up.

DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP: FRIDAY, JUNE 2
10 spots
$50 per session or $125 for all six.
2 pm Iowa time-4 pm with breaks.

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Jun
25
2:00 PM14:00

Six-Week Online Summer Sunday Workshop

Get those poems off your wall and down on paper with this six-week summer online workshop. You must have some workshop experience to join us. Email me at jenniferlknox at gmail for sign-up/details.

In this six-session online workshop in Google Hangouts, we'll read each other poems as well as poetry that inspires us to write and take risks. During the session, you'll be asked to write, read, talk, share your work. I'll email you instructions and reading materials when you sign up.

DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP: FRIDAY, JUNE 2
10 spots
$50 per session or $125 for all six.
2 pm Iowa time-4 pm with breaks.

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Jun
18
2:00 PM14:00

Six-Week Online Summer Sunday Workshop

Get those poems off your wall and down on paper with this six-week summer online workshop. You must have some workshop experience to join us. Email me at jenniferlknox at gmail for sign-up/details.

In this six-session online workshop in Google Hangouts, we'll read each other poems as well as poetry that inspires us to write and take risks. During the session, you'll be asked to write, read, talk, share your work. I'll email you instructions and reading materials when you sign up.

DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP: FRIDAY, JUNE 2
10 spots
$50 per session or $125 for all six.
2 pm Iowa time-4 pm with breaks.

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Jun
11
2:00 PM14:00

Six-Week Online Summer Sunday Workshop

Get those poems off your wall and down on paper with this six-week summer online workshop. You must have some workshop experience to join us. Email me at jenniferlknox at gmail for sign-up/details.

In this six-session online workshop in Google Hangouts, we'll read each other poems as well as poetry that inspires us to write and take risks. During the session, you'll be asked to write, read, talk, share your work. I'll email you instructions and reading materials when you sign up.

DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP: FRIDAY, JUNE 2
10 spots
$50 per session or $125 for all six.
2 pm Iowa time-4 pm with breaks.

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Jun
4
2:00 PM14:00

Six-Week Online Summer Sunday Workshop

Get those poems off your wall and down on paper with this six-week summer online workshop. You must have some workshop experience to join us. Email me at jenniferlknox at gmail for sign-up/details.

In this six-session online workshop in Google Hangouts, we'll read each other poems as well as poetry that inspires us to write and take risks. During the session, you'll be asked to write, read, talk, share your work. I'll email you instructions and reading materials when you sign up.

DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP: FRIDAY, JUNE 2
10 spots
$50 per session or $125 for all six.
2 pm Iowa time-4 pm with breaks.

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Feb
18
10:00 AM10:00

"Love is a Four-letter Word"

Breakups: they're AWESOME inspiration for poetry. After all, who writes poems when they're in love? But how many ways can you say, "You broke my heart, and I'm so sad!" So how do you get out of a heartbreak writing rut? In this day-long online workshop in Google Hangouts, we'll read poems that explore heartache and lost love using surprising moves, like resurrection and revenge! During the session, you'll be asked to write, read, talk, share your work, and take risks. I'll email you instructions and reading materials the week before the class starts.

DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP: FEBRUARY 10, 2017
10 spots
All levels
$100
10 am Iowa time-4 pm with breaks for writing/lunch.
Email me at jenniferlknox at gmail for sign-up/details.

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Oct
30
10:00 AM10:00

NEW! "Scaring is Caring"

This day-long online workshop conducted in Google Hangouts will help you construct scenes in poems and fiction that scare the reader, and maybe even yourself! We'll look at five ways to catch a reader's attention and turn on their alarm bells...then move in for the kill. You'll be expected to read the works of four writers and watch one film before class starts, write responses to five prompts during class, then read and comment on the work of other participants. I'll email you instructions and reading materials on Thursday, October 27, before class starts.

DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2016
10 spots
Intermediate level
$100
10 am Iowa time-4 pm with breaks for writing/lunch.
Email jenniferlknox at gmail for sign-up/details.

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Aug
21
10:00 AM10:00

"Writing Funny Poems" SOLD OUT

THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT!

This day-long online workshop in Google Hangouts is designed to help you recognize styles of humor in poetry and utilize them for a great effect.  You'll need 8 original poems to participate. You'll be expected to read the other participants' work before the workshop and formulate comments. During the session, you'll be asked to write, read, talk, share your work, and take risks. I'll email you instructions and reading materials the week before the class starts.

DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP: AUGUST 14, 2016
8 spots
Advanced level
$125
10 am Iowa time-4 pm with breaks for writing/lunch.
Email me at jenniferlknox at gmail for sign-up/details.

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Jul
24
10:00 AM10:00

"Moves That Surprise in Poetry" SOLD OUT

This day-long online workshop in Google Hangouts is designed to help you unstick yourself in poems with moves that surprise—even you.  You'll need 8 original poems to participate. You'll be expected to read the other participants' work before the workshop and formulate comments. During the session, you'll be asked to write, read, talk, share your work, and take risks. I'll email you instructions and reading materials the week before the class starts.

8 spots
Advanced level
$125
10 am Iowa time-4 pm with breaks for writing/lunch.
Email me at jenniferlknox at gmail for sign-up/details.

THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT.
NEXT WORKSHOP IS AUGUST 21.
DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP IS AUGUST 14.

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Jun
8
7:15 PM19:15

Poetry Writing Night @ Des Moines Social Club, session #5

In preparation for the open mic on June 29, we're switching gears this week. If you plan to attend this week's session, email (jenniferlknox at gmail) or FB message me two poems you've written by noon on Wednesday. Choose fresh poems that you love. I'll make copies and we'll discuss them, Workshop Lite-style. Feel free to email or messenger me!

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May
18
7:15 PM19:15

Poetry Writing Night @ Des Moines Social Club, session #3

All of you wanted information about publishing your work. On Wednesday, we'll discuss:

* Elements of a cover letter/poet's bio
* Online submission software like Submittable
* Tracking of your submissions
* Choosing which poems to submit
* Analyzing a publication to see if it's a good fit for your work
* Sources to find new publications

Most publications accept up to 5 poems per submission. So start a folder (a real one or one on your computer), and put all the poems you've written that you like into that folder. Keep them current. Poems you wrote years ago in high school are probably pretty stale. Hopefully this class will give you some ideas for new poems—that's our goal: writing new work that surprises even you, the author.

Then let's pick a future session to bring in our folders and get some feedback on which poems to submit to which publication.

BTW when I use the word "publication," I mean both print and online.

See you Wednesday!

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