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Replay: The Poem’s Door: Finding the Portal to Inspiration with Safia Elhillo

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Missed our summer session on cultivating poetic inspiration? Purchase a Replay and get unlimited streams of this class, plus a handy tip-sheet to guide you through your next assignment.

Guided by acclaimed poet Safia Elhillo, this class helps you find the writing prompt in everything. Writer’s block is often another way of saying that we don’t know how to enter a poem. This talk will explore some tools for close, intentional reading, as a way to build that door into the poem. Or a window. Or a portal to the other poem, the one it didn’t occur to us to write. Safia hopes that through this class you’ll stop trying to hunt down inspiration and stop thinking of it as something elusive to be caught. Instead, you’ll learn to host inspiration and self-generate the conditions that create it.


This is not a live seminar. Purchase includes: password to access recorded webinar and a tip-sheet from the author to guide you through future projects.

Date: Aug. 24/20
Safia Elhillo
Length: 1hr 40 min.
Attachment: Poetry and inspiration tip-sheet with access information for recorded tutorial

About the instructor: Safia Elhillo is the author of The January Children, which received the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets and an Arab American Book Award; Girls That Never Die (Random House, 2021); and the novel in verse Home Is Not A Country (Random House, 2021). Her work has been translated into several languages and commissioned by ballet and fashion companies. Named by Forbes Africa as one of 2018’s “30 Under 30,” Safia is currently a Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University.