Monday, November 3, 2014

Melanie Figg's Upcoming Poetry Class in Silver Spring, MD

Attention D.C. area friends - my friend Melanie Figg is offering a poetry class that sounds fantastic. I hope you'll consider it. Details below.

Melanie Figg has been teaching creative writing for 25 years. She has won many awards and fellowships for her poetry including a 2014 grant from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County. Her poems, essays and reviews have been published in The Iowa Review, LIT, MARGIE, Colorado Review and other journals. Melanie also curates Literary Art Tours in DC galleries. She lives in Maryland and offers creative coaching to artists, and is a fundraising consultant for a variety of nonprofits.

Class details: 
I am developing a series of special poetry classes and workshops that I will offer in my Silver Spring home. The first class will be a four-week class on Mark Doty's great little book on craft called The Art of Description.

Four Wednesday evenings – Nov. 12, 19 & Dec. 3, 10
7:30-9:30pm in my home

Intermediate to Advanced writers are welcome

$150 for the course
Bring a friend and get half off!

Student bring a copy of the book to the first class

Register by Friday, Nov. 7

Full Seminar Description: In this flexible, ongoing series, we will use a series of slim, college-lecture-style volumes as our textbooks—six books about poetry from The Art of… Series (a series of books on the craft of writing from Graywolf Press, one of the country’s best independent publishers of award-winning poetry). The Art of… Series explores the craft of writing—written by writers, for writers. These tiny texts are smart, rich, and accessible. You’ll love this nifty addition to your bookshelf, and return to these books again and again for inspiration and guidance.

We’ll spend four weeks on each book—using the text to deepen our understanding of craft, study selected poems to see the magic in action, and inspire new work of our own with writing prompts. This seminar will run in blocks of 4-week sessions, each devoted to a book in the series (there are 6 so far published about poetry), that will run consecutively for a total of 24 weeks.

Location: I am pleased to offer a series of workshops and seminars in my home in Silver Spring, Maryland—2.5 miles from the Silver Spring metro, and just a mile from the beltway. Email for the address.

To Register for a Class: Email me (melanie.figg(at) to register and I will hold a spot for you. Once I receive your non-refundable deposit (check or cash only), you’re good to go!

1 comment:

Melanie Figg said...

Thanks, Chloe! MFA programs across the country use these smart little "Art of..." series - so the level of discussion will be at a strong level. I encourage MFA graduates in fiction/nonfiction to join the class, too. Everyone is welcome!
~Melanie Figg