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"Paula is a thoughtful, generous and exceptionally well-read teacher and reader; she facilitates groups of writers with true presence, warmth and expertise." --a Genre Blenders student
"I found the task of ordering my own poems into a cohesive book a particular challenge, so I hired Paula to look over my manuscript, Trace, and help with the order. She gave my manuscript a very generous reading and offered some detailed suggestions for a new order, and a few poems to discard. She was encouraging, easy to work with, and affordable."
--Melanie Figg, Trace won the 2017 Many Voices Project and is forthcoming from New Rivers Press
For over a dozen years I have taught academically through places such as The University of St. Thomas, Hamline University's MFA Program, and NHCC. I have led a wide range of workshops, solo and in collaboration with fellow writers, activists, and artists through The Loft Literary Center, community art centers, public park buildings, elementary schools, regional arts councils, libraries, Minneapolis Continuing Education, and in my own living room. I have a craft-based approach, an intuitive ear, an experimental bent, and a skill for meeting you where you are in relation to your writing goals. I love helping to map out the best possible way forward.
6 Summer Thursdays (check back for 2020 dates)
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I run this very small private workshop for intermediate to advanced writers who are interested in blurred genres or in crossing genre (from poetry to prose or vice versa). We'll focus on writers who make it seem effortless: Claudia Rankine, Brian Blanchfield, Eleni Sikelianos, Bhanu Kapil, and Anne Carson, for example. For six 2-hour sessions, we'll read and discuss prose, poetry, and hybrid texts by one or two authors each week, I'll give a mini craft talk, and we'll generate writing based on prompts. You'll go home with enough inspiration and supplemental prompts to keep you going long after the course ends.
Labyrinth of the First Draft (check back for date)
We will explore how to incorporate this tool of reflection and discovery into our writing practice by creating a labyrinth ourselves, walking it, and generating work from labyrinth-inspired prompts. We will read a bit of mythology, consider archetype, engage the body, and examine potential blocks in our paths. Participants will leave with some fresh writing and the ability to draw their own finger labyrinths for future use.
In the Cards: A Generative Poetry/Tarot Workshop (check back for date)
Image, insight, archetype. Your Tarot deck may provide guidance, but how can you use the deck to generate or revise your poems? I will give a brief introduction of Tarot for newcomers and provide examples of a couple spreads. We’ll read and discuss a few famously Tarot-inspired poems, and I'll describe the process I've been using the past couple years. After that, we’ll generate work using the cards. Please feel free to bring your own deck if you’ve got one!