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Discovering and Enhancing Your Poetic Temperament

Gregory Orr says we are each born with a natural talent for writing poetry in one of four temperaments: Story, Structure, Music, and Imagination. In this five-session workshop we will examine which temperaments come most naturally to you and play with techniques to deepen, vary, and broaden your instinctive style. Sessions will allow for time to share our writing experiments in a warm and welcoming environment. The final session will include ways to refine and revise poems you’ve created.
Instructor: Marion Starling Boyer’s Ice Hours was selected for the 2021 Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize, to be released January 2023 from Michigan State University Press. She is author of The Sea Was Never FarThe Clock of the Long Now, and Composing the Rain, winner of Grayson Books’ Chapbook competition.  Her work’s been nominated for Pushcarts, the Lenore Marshall Award, and “Best of the Net.” A professor emeritus for Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Boyer conducts workshops for Lit Cleveland and Lit Youngstown. She lives in Twinsburg, which hosts the world record gathering of twins every summer. For more link to


Details: Discovering and Enhancing Your Poetic Temprament takes place Tuesdays April 9, April 16, April 23, April 30, and May 7 from 1-3pm remotely online via Zoom.

Prerequisites: Any emerging level fiction/nonfiction/poetry writing course.

Genre: Poetry

Level: Intermediate

Format: Generative writing workshop  

Location: This class takes place online remotely via Zoom.

Size: Limited to 12 participants (including scholarships).

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by December 11.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email

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