You are a Poet. with Susan Niz


6-week Online Poetry Workshop — 12 students

Time & Date:
Wednesdays, 6:00pm — 8:00pm
April 1st — May 6th


Member Price: $262.50*

A limited number of spots in each workshop are reserved for a special scholarship rate. Apply for a scholarship here, and for more information on payment plans, please email emily@austinbatcave.org.

This class is focused on developing one’s poetic practice through closer observation of the world around us. We will discuss elements such as using grounding details and imagery, creating motion in our poems, imbuing our unique point of view and incorporating select narrative elements in our poetry. We will take ownership of words through studying their sound and meanings and explore associative connections (comparisons) in language and poetry. Through learning how to read mentor poems and in-class exercises and drafting, we will start to explore form, voice, and content. The class is for beginners and poets of all levels who want to delve more deeply into their practice. Sharing of exercises will take place more than workshopping, as the focus is steered toward process. By the end of the class, students will have tools to develop a daily practice and beginning revision strategies for first drafts.

*applies to Literary Superstar Membership Level only

This class is open to writers at all levels. 

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About the Instructor:

Susan Niz’s first poetry chapbook is Beyond this Amniotic Dream (Beard Poetry, Minneapolis, 2016). She has a second chapbook, Left-Handed Like a Lightning Whelk, forthcoming with Finishing Line Press (November 2019). Her short work has appeared in Wanderlust Journal, The Write Launch, Ponder Review, Chaleur Magazine, Typishly, Tipton Poetry Journal, Carnival Literary Magazine, Crack the Spine, Blue Bonnet Review, Two Words For, Belleville Park Pages, Ginosko, Cezanne’s Carrot, Flashquake, Opium Magazine, and Summerset Review. She has been featured in live poetry shows in Minneapolis and Austin. Susan writes across genres. Her novel Kara, Lost (North Star Press, 2011) was a finalist for a Midwest Book Award (MIPA) for Literary Fiction. Susan also writes for a non-profit organization working to alleviate global poverty. She has a Master’s Degree in Education, raises kids, has been a grassroots community organizer, and conserves Monarchs. She recently relocated from Minnesota to the Austin, Texas area.

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