Writing Classes

Forest Bathing & Writing

Tuesday, July 12, 5:30pm-8:30pm PT – Hoyt Arboretum, Portland, OR

This class, held outdoors at Hoyt Arboretum, will guide you in practicing skills associated with shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing—a gentle, meditative approach to being with nature. The class will include several invitations to explore your senses and your relationship with nature, time for written reflection, and opportunities to share your observations and your writing, if you wish. In each class, you’ll learn approaches to writing and to being with nature that you can use in your everyday life to help promote a sense of relaxation, connection, and wonder. No prior experience with writing is required.

All forest bathing and writing prompts may be practiced seated, standing, or walking, depending on your comfort, ability, and interest. Classes will be held rain or shine, so please dress appropriately—we will be outdoors for the entirety of class, including writing time.

Register here or apply here for access rate tuition.


Wander & Wonder: Writing in the Woods

Thursday, November 3 – Sunday, November 6 – Northwest Writers’ Weekend, Port Orchard, WA

This class, held outdoors in the woods of Pilgrim Firs, will guide you in practicing skills associated with shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing—a gentle, meditative approach to being with nature. The class will include several invitations to explore your senses and your relationship with nature, time for written reflection, and opportunities to share your writing. You’ll learn approaches to writing and to being with nature that you can use every day to foster relaxation, connection, and wonder. No prior experience with writing is required. All forest bathing and writing prompts may be practiced seated, standing, or walking/rolling. The class will be entirely outdoors, so please dress appropriately.

This class will be held as part of Northwest Writers’ Weekend. Register for the full weekend of poetry, creative nonfiction, cross-genre, and songwriting classes here.


Serious Play: Surrealist Writing Games

Thursday, November 3 – Sunday, November 6 – Northwest Writers’ Weekend, Port Orchard, WA

Surrealist games are practices for circumventing our rational, reasoning mind to unlock subconscious or seemingly irrational forms of creativity. By using play, surprise, and chance, we’ll write in ways that tap into our dreams, imagination and our intuition—the extraordinary spaces that help us move through challenging times. No prior experience with writing is required. Some of our writing will be done individually, and some will include collaboration with the rest of the group. Expect a lot of laughter, delight, and mystery as we break through conventional thought and behavior to deeper truths.

This class will be held as part of Northwest Writers’ Weekend. Register for the full weekend of poetry, creative nonfiction, cross-genre, and songwriting classes here.


Manuscript Consultations

I offer comprehensive written comments on poetry manuscripts, including suggestions for revisions and editing. Consultations on chapbook and book manuscripts also include recommendations for sequencing, titling the manuscript and its sections, and a holistic review of the manuscript’s strengths and areas that may need more attention prior to publication.

Manuscript length:

  • Application Sample (10-12 Pages) – $259
  • Chapbook (24-36 Pages) – $499
  • Book (50-100 Pages) – $899

After you have submitted payment, please send your manuscript to jp [at] jenniferperrine.org. In the body of the email, please include a short paragraph describing anything you wish me to know in advance–for example, discoveries you’ve made in writing this piece, questions that you’ve already considered or are still trying to answer, and/or areas you’d like me to address in my comments.

To allow for multiple readings and close consideration of your work, responses typically take up to two weeks for an application sample and up to a month for chapbook and book manuscripts.

Sign up for manuscript consultations here.