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To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme: To Form or Not to Form?

A 6-Week Poetry Class with Gayle Lauradunn

Wednesdays: February 10, 17, 24 and March 2, 9, 16
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Location: SouthWest Writers Office
$49 SWW Members, $54 Osher Members, $59 Non-members

Click here to register online. Call the SWW Office (505-830-6034) or sign up at a monthly meeting to register offline. For directions to the class, go here.

We all have different ideas about what a poem is, what allows us to call words grouped together a poem. In this class we’ll explore the different “genres” of poetry and each come to our own conclusions. We’ll read examples of all kinds of poems, have in-class exercises based on writing prompts, and short out of class writing opportunities. We will share our poems in class and hear what each other thinks works best in the poems.

Gayle-Lauradunn-10Gayle Lauradunn’s debut collection of poetry Reaching for Air is a finalist for the First Book of Poetry Award by the Texas Institute of Letters. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including Zone 3, Connecticut River Review, Mas Tequila Review, Tsu-nami, Writers’ Forum, Sin Fronteras/Without Borders, and anthologies including Mother Earth (Sierra Books), and Poetry from the Other Side. She served as the co-organizer of the first National Women’s Multi-Cultural Poetry Festival held in 1974 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. As part of an editorial collective, she produced Chomo-Uri, a women’s literary and arts journal. She served on the committee that selected Albuquerque’s first two poet laureates.

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Workshop and Class Refund Policy

To ensure that SouthWest Writers can cover the cost of space rental and instructor fees, we have implemented a workshop and class refund policy. If you cancel one week before the workshop or class beginning date you will receive a full refund. Cancellations after one week prior up to 24 hours prior to the beginning of the workshop or class will receive a credit only toward a future workshop or class of your choice. If you do not cancel or don’t show up for the workshop or class you will receive no refund and no credit. For multi-session classes, if you miss a class, you receive no refund. We pay our instructors based on how many students enroll, so you are part of that roll count if you don’t cancel as detailed above.

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