• Term: Summer 2023
  • Start Date: July 22, 2023
  • End Date: July 22, 2023
  • Day of Week: Saturday
  • Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm PT
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $90.00
  • Member Price: $81.00

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Line Breaks: Tools of Musical Notation

Join us to learn how line breaks create and affect the melody of the poem—and are a tool for building a musical score. You'll learn how line breaks can direct your poem's pace, energy, and meaning. Through in-class exercises and discussion, you'll not only start to notice your own habits with the line, but you'll discover new options on where to break the line. Bring a free verse poem (fourteen or more lines) you wrote that could benefit from stronger line breaks.

Registration dates:

June 5: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

June 6: Member registration opens

June 13: General registration opens

Melanie Figg

Melanie Figg


Melanie Figg is a poet and essayist, currently working on a hybrid memoir. Her award-winning poetry collection, Trace, was named one of the year’s "Best Indie Books" by Kirkus Reviews. She's received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, and others, and has had work published in dozens of literary journals, including The Iowa Review, Nimrod, The Rumpus, Hippocampus, and the American Journal of Poetry. As a certified professional coach, Melanie offers women’s writing retreats and works remotely with writers on their manuscripts as well as their creative process.