March 31 10:00 – 5:00

” Try to love the questions themselves.” – Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Stock cinematic visions of the creative process suggest inspiration seizes us in sudden gusts or that it’s a lucky endowment.  But what if inspiration, as the painter Agnes Martin suggests, is always there, and our access to it is a function of our receptivity? What about those poems we step over on our way to some idealized notion of The Poem?  How can we be, as Stanley Kunitz puts it, “a friendly host?”

Do poems begin in conversation? In close observation? In empathy? In what we try to avoid? What allows us to “finish” a poem?

The day includes craft discussion, generative exercises, & workshop.

Please bring a 1-2 page piece for a 15-minute workshop session. Note: you’re welcome to use your session as an open conversation about a process issue/obstacle/preoccupation/joy, etc., rather than for discussion of a specific piece.

Workshop only: $110
Workshop + 1-hour individual writing conference:  $140  (session to be scheduled later)
Register by March 10 and save $10
Note: To ensure ample time for each person’s work, registration is limited to 12

Please email me below for information about how to register:  (Payment by check, cash, or Paypal is available)

Held at the SFZC Conference Center 308 Page Street

We’ll break for lunch from 1:00 – 2:00. There are several cafes within a few blocks. Or bring your own lunch and stay at the center, where there is a lovely courtyard!

Two work exchange slots are available. Please email me below for more information. (six hours work exchange)


Spring 2013 Dates


Sundays @ 4:00 – 6:00, starting February 17

Each two-hour session includes generative writing, craft/process discussion, and workshop.

  • We focus primarily on poetry in the process & craft discussions, but writers in any genre are welcome.
  • The studio framework is designed to be “free-standing,” and welcomes both steady and occasional participation.
  • The studio welcomes writers of all “levels.”
  • Participants are invited to bring a 1-2 page piece (any genre) for workshop
  • February 17
  • February 24
  • March 3
  • March 10
  • March 17
  • March 24
  • April 7
  • April 14
  • April 21
  • April 28
  • May 12

LOCATION: The San Francisco Zen Center,  Conference Center, 308 Page St.


Single Session:                                                        $30

Multi-session cards: (advance purchase)

3 – 5 sessions:                                                         $25 ea.

6 – 10 sessions:                                                       $20 ea.

Bonus 1:1! A 10-class card includes a 30-minute private conference at no extra charge.


You can register on-site directly with me, with payment by cash or check. Advance registration with Paypal is also available. To register via Paypal, please write to me and I will send an invoice that you can use to make the payment on this system.

Please feel free to call or email if you have any questions. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

Work Exchange

A limited number of work exchange slots are available at a rate of 2 hours of work in exchange for 1 session. Please talk to me if this is something you’d like to explore.


Multi-session cards are valid for six months from the date of purchase. (i.e., they are still valid through the next cycle of sessions.)

Multi-session cards may be shared with another person.