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Something to Make Your Whole Heart Flip: Making Poems Out of Imaginary Outings

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“A poem is a glimpse/a poem is a glimmer/something that makes your whole soul shimmer/a poem is a taste/a poem is a sip/something to make your whole heart flip,” writes Douglas Florian.¬† If you enjoy putting your head in the clouds, and writing about what you find there, this class is for you! Each class will begin with a guided visualization (a chance to rest your eyes and travel to exciting places), followed by time to write and share. We might study an object up close through a very powerful telescope in our minds or find calm by visualizing clouds or listening to a seashell’s message. We’ll take magic carpet rides or¬†go inside a stone, concentrating on everything we see, hear, smell and feel. We’ll free write about each experience and read inspiring texts to help us shape our words into poems that surprise and delight us.


Scholarships are available by application. Questions? Please email

*Note – all classes are in Pacific Standard Time

Most classes are offered at a general and member tuition rates based on instruction hours, with Hugo House members receiving a 10% discount on classes fewer than six sessions.

Early bird discounts are available during the first two weeks of registration and apply to both general and member tuition rates.

To help provide financial accessibility to our class offerings, some classes each quarter are offered with a sliding-scale tuition model, allowing students to pay what they can for the class. For these classes, tuition increments starting at $5 and going up to 125% of the standard pricing will be listed on the page.

Hugo House will only process refund requests that are submitted 5 business days or more before the class start date. To request a refund, log in to your account, go to “My Account,” select the “Orders” tab on the left-hand side, click the appropriate order, and request a refund for your specific class. Administrative fees apply. Please see our full refund policy¬†here.

Class sessions may be recorded if a session falls on a holiday, or if a student has access needs. Class recordings are not guaranteed.

We do not tolerate racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist, transphobic or any other oppressive behaviors, regardless of who commits them. Please check out our full community guidelines by clicking here. If an instance of community guidelines are violated and not resolved within the classroom, students may let us know by filling out the student incident report.

Classes may be cancelled if less than the minimum number of students are enrolled within ten days before the class start date. If Hugo House needs to cancel a class for any reason, students can choose between receiving a full credit toward future classes or full refund.

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