Past Events
Saturday, June 6th, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm

In this prompt-based, fast-paced writing workshop with Jan Becker, participants will learn about the poetic transformation of seemingly ordinary events and objects into profound observations that alter a reader’s perception of the world and create a deeper appreciation for seemingly mundane aspects of daily life. Participants will examine poems from William Carlos Williams, Elizabeth Bishop, Pablo Neruda, and Richard Blanco, discuss the idea of “poetic vision” and “poetic voice” and create poems that elevate the ordinary to the extraordinary and remain in the minds of readers long after the poem has ended. Jan Becker earned her MFA degree at Florida International … Read more >

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm

  Open-Mic Round Robin Poetry Reading Participants should bring up to four poems, original or not, to share with the group. Nonpoets are welcome. FREE Read more >

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm

In his poem Where Shame Comes From, Steve Healey writes, “The candles are forgetting how / to light the holes in our bodies. / Still, they dine on thunder and hearts, / for soon they will do a quiet crime.” How can we turn the quiet crimes of our bodies into art? People often do not see shame as a motivator for poetry, or even for language. Usually, moments of embarrassment or shame are swept under the rug; people prefer to forget shame rather than immortalize it in words. In this workshop, participants will study successful poems about shame, and how to … Read more >

Saturday, April 18th, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm

In this workshop facilitated by Anthony Francis, participants will practice introductory group improvisational acting exercises and play fun games with props to increase creativity, inform their writing about persona and characters, boost self-confidence for public speaking, and improve their performance, No previous acting experience is required. + Facilitator Anthony Francis is CEO & Director of Improv U, Inc. and the annual Palm Beach Improv Festival.     Read more >

Monday, April 6th, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Wife   After nearly 40 years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man’s Wife. Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. Joe’s literary star has blazed since he and Joan first met in the late 1950s. The Wife interweaves the story of … Read more >

Saturday, April 4th, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Honoring the works of Marie Howe, this workshop will examine poetic techniques that magnify the simple (moments, objects, thoughts) to create a sense of universality in confessional poetry. Camila Saavedra is an MFA candidate at Florida International University. She enjoys all genres but is partial to poetry and creative nonfiction. She writes about trauma in its many forms. Her poem, The first time I realized I might not be alive, appears in This Thing We Call Poetry: An Anthology of Poems by Young Adults with Cancer.     Read more >

Saturday, March 21st, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with this fun Irish poetry workshop facilitated by Michael Macklin O’Mara. During the workshop, participants will read some of the best loved Irish poems, learn about the history of limericks, and pen a few of their own. Blarney, sharing your work, and wearing of the green is optional. St. Pat’s Pub will offer a special holiday lunch menu. Michael Mackin O’Mara has lived and worked in West Palm Beach since the 1980s. Before that he studied under Hans and Ilse Juergensen at the University of South Florida. He is the managing editor of the South Florida Poetry Journal. … Read more >

Saturday, March 7th, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm

This workshop is planned as a celebration of the work of two living legends of the Beat Generation, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Diane di Prima. Participants will be reading works by both poets and writing their own poems inspired by their works. There will be take-home packets of Beat Poetry and a bibliography for further reading. The session will include opportunities to share poems-in-progress. Meryl Stratford won the 2013 Yellow Jacket Press Contest for Florida Poets for her chapbook, The Magician’s Daughter. Her poems have appeared  in numerous journals including Amsterdam Quarterly, Rattle, and The Society of Classical Poets, and have been anthologized in MALALA:  Poems … Read more >

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Open-Mic Round Robin Poetry Reading Participants should bring up to four poems, original or not, to share with the group. Nonpoets are welcome. Read more >

Saturday, January 25th, 2020 8:15pm - 10:15pm

Reading with Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Major Jackson, and David Kirby, followed by book signing in the Festival Book Store, Ocean Breeze Room in the Crest Theatre Building. Read more >