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Shelter in Place: Writing Poems Where We Are

In this open-level poetry workshop, we will take the directive to “shelter in place” as a writing prompt to explore where we live and how we live. We will find ways to get lost in our own homes and neighborhoods and see them anew through our poems. This course will offer students the chance to find stillness and possibility in daily life. Each week, students will discuss poems rooted in familiar landscapes and situations, and use exercises to write their own work. Over the course of six sessions, students will write five new poems, and have the opportunity to share work and receive feedback from classmates and the instructor.  


Instructor: Robin Beth Schaer is the author of the poetry collection Shipbreaking (Anhinga 2015). Her poems and essays have appeared in Tin House, Paris Review, and Guernica, among others. Her recent awards include an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, and Vermont Studio. She has taught writing in New York, New Jersey, and Ohio, and she worked as a deckhand aboard the Tall Ship Bounty, a 180-foot ship lost in Hurricane Sandy.

Details: Shelter in Place: Writing Poems Where We Are with Robin Beth Schaer takes place Wednesdays 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, & 2/10 from 7-9:00pm online through Zoom.

Zoom Info
: Register for the class and Lit Cleveland will send you an invitiation and instructions on how to attend via Zoom. All you need is a good internet connection and a computer or smartphone with a camera. Not sure if your system is compatible? Just click here. Have any questions about online classes? Email or call associate director Matt Weinkam at

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