Holly Wren Spaulding

is creating a Casual Union of Working Poets

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For writers seeking ongoing community, structure, and support around a personal writing practice.
  • Generative writing workshops on Zoom (Third Thursdays, 1 pm EST)
  • Writing provocations and poems, delivered to your inbox. (3 Saturdays per month)
  • Occasional treasures from the Poetry Forge archives (audio, video, worksheets, etc.)
  • Discount code for use when registering for one Poetry Forge offering each year ($25 value.)

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About Holly Wren Spaulding

WELCOME, Fellow Poet, Fellow Traveller!

I launched this community space in 2019 to support fellow writers who seek companionship in the process of making new creative work.

Since then, we've become a Casual Union of Working Poets, virtually all of whom I know through Poetry Forge. In this way, we are also an alumni club.

As a loose affinity group, we gather monthly to write in a live Zoom workshop in which I offer a guided writing experiment that will lead you to a poem. The atmosphere in these gatherings is warm and encouraging and because the group is small, tends to feel like a place you can talk and be heard.

Three Saturday's a month I share a favorite poem and writing provocation, so that you can write on your own time, at your own pace. These are largely drawn from the archive of the 21 Day Poetry Challenge, which I hosted from 2014-2021.

Once per month I host an hour long generative workshop. to help you begin new work. A warm and welcoming community has gathered around this purpose. Third Thursday of each month, 1-2 pm Eastern Time (New York Time). *Except in February and March 2022, we will meet on the Third Wednesday.

Whether you're a secret writer, teacher, workshop leader, author, or a one-time creative writing major who misses the structure of a regular workshop, I offer this community and these resources, in hopes they will help you on your path.


Please join us if you think it would be helpful to your practice.

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Everything is an experiment
I want the freedom to express new ideas and iterate in a friendly, common space. While I've made certain promises to member patrons in terms of benefits, I will also try new things as they come to me, or as I hear what folks need and want. From time to time I also need to take breaks, revise existing plans, and pivot. You may come and go as it suits you.

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A Bit of Background, in Case You Are Curious
Much of what I understand about the creative process comes from my 30+ year commitment to the practice of writing, including twenty years of teaching in various settings, from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, to Interlochen Center for the Arts in northern Michigan, to activist spaces, a community college, Poetry Boot Camp, and Poetry Forge. You can learn a lot more about my publications and professional background by checking out Poetry Forge or my author site, Holly Wren Spaulding

Thanks for stopping by.

~Holly

Please Note: This is a flexible platform. You can upgrade your monthly pledge if you decide you want access to other perks, like live workshops or 1x1 coaching (based on availability). You can also downgrade, pause, or cancel your membership at any time, no questions asked.

The video that follows—low-fi, and made at home on my aging laptop in a single take in May 2019—will give a feeling for my sensibility at the time I launched this Patreon page.


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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 503 exclusive posts
10
Audio releases
44
Images
1
Link
6
Polls
384
Writings
67
Videos

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