Workshops for Writers
Mimi Herman's writing workshops are designed for groups of 8 to 35 writers, of all levels of expertise.
If you’re mystified by meter, rhyme, alliteration, assonance, consonance, sonnets, villanelles and sestinas, Mimi Herman will help you discover the delights of formal poetry as you experiment with the magic of meter. Learn how writing within the strict rules of form can be a comfort - or even an adventure.
If your life feels like one commitment piled on top of another, ease your way into inspiration with a poetry nap. You’ll relax from your feet all the way to the top of your head, breathe deeply, and take a journey into the deepest part of yourself. When you wake up, you’ll be ready to spill ideas and images onto the page and craft your thoughts into poetry.
What is the voice your readers hear when they read your work on the page? Discover your own distinct writing voice through hands-on art, mapmaking, improvisation and - of course - writing activities. Learn who has influenced you, and how to define your written voice so it will resonate off the page.
Do you find yourself writing wallflower prose? Does your poetry sometimes feel heavy-handed, shy, unable to charm even your Aunt Gladys? Find the part of you that is marvelous and mysterious. Learn to sustain a certain intrigue and read your reader. Mimi Herman - writer, teacher and flirt extraordinaire - will help you pull your prose and poetry out of the corner and onto the dance floor. Complete strangers will follow you for blocks, begging for the privilege of whisking you off to Paris (their treat, of course).
Maps allow us to understand large concepts on pieces of paper small enough to put in our pockets. When you create a map of your life using art and poetry, you'll discover more about yourself (or the lives of historical figures and characters from literature) than you ever thought you knew.
Catalogue Poems (also known as List Poems) are an excellent way to explore elements of any subject that interests you. Learn how to bring lists to life through imagery and organization. Your grocery list will become so interesting, everyone will want to shop with you!
Hydroplaning, expansion and contraction, pick-up sticks and Jenga - explore new ways to revise old poems. Bring a poem that’s driving you crazy and join us to find your way to saying what you really want to say the way you really want to say it in this revision workshop.
So you've been invited to give a reading - or maybe you've gotten up your nerve to brave that open mic night. You know your work is good - at least you hope it is, but you're not quite convinced that anyone will want to listen. Learn the techniques that great readers know - how to use your eyes, your body and your voice to enchant your audience.