Writing Classes & Coaching

RHYME AND REASON: THE ART OF ASSEMBLING A POETRY MANUSCRIPT

Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 5PM PDT
Online
I’ll be joining my Airlie Press co-editors, Brittney Corrigan and Amelia Díaz Ettinger, for this online panel as part of the Virtual LiTFUSE 2021 Program. In this workshop, we’ll share advice about how to turn your piles of poems into a cohesive manuscript. We’ll discuss how to know when you have a full-length collection, ordering and grouping poems and thematic sections, and putting it all together to send to publishers. We’ll also provide guidance on how to decide where to submit your manuscript and share insight about what editors look for when reading for publication. Register at the LiTFUSE website.


WRITING THE INTERSECTIONS OF OUR IDENTITIES – OPEN CLASS

Tuesdays, September 14 – October 12, 2021, 5PM-7PM PDT
Online

Through autobiographical writing about our identities—including race, gender, sexuality, dis/ability, and class—we’ll explore where we hold power and privilege and where we have experienced marginalization and oppression. In addition to experimenting with craft techniques such as audience, point of view, research, dialogue, and figurative language, we’ll also discuss how to use our writing in service of reflection, healing, truth-telling, and culture change. By the end of the course, I hope you’ll emerge with several drafts, and that we’ll each emerge with a deeper understanding of what it means to have lived in our individual bodies.

This class is open to all. Register at the Literary Arts website. If cost is a barrier, Access Rate spots are available. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org for more information on the Access Rate.


WRITING THE INTERSECTIONS OF OUR IDENTITIES – FOR BIPOC WRITERS

Wednesdays, September 15 – October 13, 2021, 5PM-7PM PDT
Online

Through autobiographical writing about our identities—including race, gender, sexuality, dis/ability, and class—we’ll explore where we hold power and privilege and where we have experienced marginalization and oppression. In addition to experimenting with craft techniques such as audience, point of view, research, dialogue, and figurative language, we’ll also discuss how to use our writing in service of reflection, healing, truth-telling, and culture change. By the end of the course, I hope you’ll emerge with several drafts, and that we’ll each emerge with a deeper understanding of what it means to have lived in our individual bodies.

This class is reserved for writers who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color. Register at the Literary Arts website. If cost is a barrier, Access Rate spots are available. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org for more information on the Access Rate.


CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE: USING CONSTRAINTS TO STRETCH YOUR CREATIVITY

Thursday, November 4 – Sunday, November 7, 2021
Northwest Writers’ Weekend, Kitsap Peninsula, WA

Putting constraints on our writing can feel like a challenge, but sometimes a little pressure is what’s needed to push our writing in a new direction or to find language for what seems unspeakable. We’ll draw on constraints such as lipograms and acrostics, as well as poetic games like bout rimés, to radically depart from our typical writing habits and to discover what happens when we write our way out of tricky restrictions. We’ll write together and have the opportunity to share initial drafts, and you’ll leave equipped with a bounty of new possibilities to explore constraints in your future writing. All are welcome—no previous experience with poetry or constraints is necessary. Register for the full weekend of classes here.


IT’S COMPLICATED: LOVE POEMS FOR THE REAL WORLD

Thursday, November 4 – Sunday, November 7, 2021
Northwest Writers’ Weekend, Kitsap Peninsula, WA

Love takes many forms, from romantic desire to warm affection to deep appreciation, and we extend love in all sorts of directions: toward partners, family, friends, companion animals, and even inanimate objects. Poetry offers us ways to honor these various and nuanced loves, and in this class, we’ll explore some of those poetic approaches, such as the aubade (poems for lovers parting at dawn), the elegy (poems lamenting the loss of a loved one), and the ode (poems of praise for a beloved person, place, or thing). As we write together, we’ll use techniques to draw on the many emotions that are often intertwined with love—gratitude, excitement, grief, jealousy, longing—to write poems that show love in all of its beautiful, complicated reality. All are welcome in this class—no previous experience with poetry is necessary. Register for the full weekend of 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:

  • 1 Page – $25
  • 2 Pages – $40
  • 5-6 Pages – $85
  • Application Sample (10-12 Pages) – $170
  • Chapbook (24-36 Pages) – $320
  • Book (50-100 Pages) – $585

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 about a week for small sets of poems, up to two weeks for an application sample, and up to a month for chapbook and book manuscripts.

Sign up for manuscript consultations here.