note-booking for poets
a 6-week e-course
from habits and devices that won’t lead to poems.
the way you work
& strengthen your relationship to the creative process.
how we experience our world shapes our understanding of it.
a poet’s vision can be cultivated & a working notebook is a tool
that will help you see more, miss less, & make more meaning.
a well-used writers notebook can be carried anywhere, doesn’t require electricity,
& is an effective way of recording observations, language & ideas as they arise.
it’s a way of paying attention in the world & in one’s life.
the hand with the part of the brain that’s associated with language.
gather material without distraction or a delete key.
stand up to live
to sit down to write
each week, for 6 weeks, I’ll email you a new lesson that includes a brief essay on the week’s topic, a sample poem & writing provocation that will suggest one or several approaches for you to explore in your notebook.
by the end of the sequence you’ll have generated enough material for several new poems or lyric essays, & practiced several different ways of working with a notebook. your regular writing practice will be vitalized by this regimen, and your relationship to the process enlivened.
“Thank you for your words on the writing process and on what it can mean to be a poet in our world. Thank you for modeling how to allow the fluidity and density of that energy to rest within me each morning or every moment, if I choose. I feel a new courage filling the space where self-consciousness used to dwell.” –Judith Hitz
get yourself a notebook that is small enough to carry with you throughout your day, and big enough to linger over.
commit to engaging with your notebook every day.
enjoy the lessons, readings & writing provocations.
“I’ve seen Holly’s teaching spur creative breakthroughs in others. I’ve seen her cultivate mindfulness and solidarity between writers, educators, healers, cultural workers, and artists across all mediums—from dance to film to spoken word. As she works, she’s somehow able to find balance between technology and imagination, even celebrating the places where they overlap. Her spirit is summed up best by Walt Whitman’s poem about a noiseless, patient spider, “It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself, / Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.” Holly may not be exactly “noiseless,” and she’s certainly not a spider, but the sentiment here is of a being going about its life exactly as it should.” –Katey Schultz
q & a
I’m not an experienced writer, but I’m curious about the course? (Or: I’m an experienced writer, is this course going to teach me anything I don’t already know?)
I’ve designed this course based on what I do, and what others who are just as serious do, that seems to work well. This course is practical, inspiring, and suitable for writers at any stage in their studies. you can safely assume that you’ll learn some some new things that will benefit your writing and life, starting with the first lesson.
Are there any prerequisites for participation in this course?
Once-per-week access to email and a notebook of your choice is all that’s required.
What if I have questions along the way?
I’m available to you via email once per week and will do everything I can to make this course an enriching experience for you.
“You always remind me to honor the writing life and my place in it.” –Susan Griffiths