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Poetry Extravaganza

Over four weeks, students will gather and explore dozens (or even hundreds) of words, lines, and phrases in new and unusual ways to create surprising poems. No experience with writing poetry is needed, just a willingness to leap into imagination to try new forms and work with beautiful and sometimes strange ideas. Over the four one-hour weekly sessions, students will create a supportive and fun writing community, write at least three drafts of poems or short prose pieces per session, and create a mini-portfolio. The final session will include a showcase for families and friends where students can present their favorite pieces.

Instructor: Arlene Naganawa

Grade: 5-7

Location: Online

Duration: 4 sessions

Start Date: 10/17/2020

End Date: 11/07/2020

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Arlene Naganawa

Arlene Naganawa works with high school and middle school writers in poetry, fiction, and academic writing. Arlene's work appears in such journals as Crab Orchard Review, Crab Creek Review, Pontoon, Calyx, All the Sins, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Caketrain, and others. Her poems have been featured on Poetry on Buses and in Washington 129, an anthology of Washington State poets curated by Tod Marshall. She is the author of three chapbooks and is currently part of the Pongo Publishing Teen Writing team and a Writing and Critical Thinking instructor with Minds Matter Seattle, a nonprofit organization that helps high school students from low income families to prepare for success in college.

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