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Entrances: Titles & First Lines

All Levels | A good title and a strong first line determine whether your reader will continue reading or move on to another poem. An unforgettable first line changes the whole tenor of your poem, but they are notoriously hard to write. Titles are even more mysterious. In this generative class, you’ll learn and practice five different techniques for opening a poem: the Run On, the Confession, the Fairytale, the Time Machine, and the Confrontation. With practice, you’ll hone your intuition and courage to leave the blank page behind and write first lines that grab your reader and won’t let go. Bring one or two poems-in-progress that need a stronger opening or a shiny new title.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Sara Brickman

Class Type: 1 Session

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Term: Fall 2021

Start Date: 10/09/2021

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:10 pm – 4:10 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 20

$81.00 Member Price:
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$90.00 General Price:

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Sara Brickman

Sara Brickman (she/they) is a queer Jewish writer and performer born in Ann Arbor, MI. The winner of the Split This Rock Poetry Prize, Sara has received grants and recognition from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Yiddish Book Center, 4Culture, and Artist Trust. A nationally renowned performer, she has collaborated with musicians Mary Lambert, Hollis Wong-Wear, and Led To Sea, and has created performances for On The Boards' Performance Lab and theaters nationwide. A BOAAT Writers Fellow and Ken Warfel Fellow for Poetry in Community, their writing appears in Narrative, Adroit, The Indiana Review, Muzzle, and the anthologies Ghosts of Seattle Past, The Dead Animal Handbook, and Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls. She is currently at work on a hybrid memoir about community resilience, trauma, statuary, and anti-racist organizing in Charlottesville, Virginia during the white-nationalist rallies of 2017. Sara holds an MFA from the University of Virginia and lives in Seattle, where they work in a library, teach writing to youth and adults, and parent a cat named Latke.

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