Creative Writing Courses for Teens and Adults
swingdoorclanks is a poetry and prose course that engages the innate creative expression within each individual. The 8 week course is designed to tap into one’s keen intelligence while goading the writer through the false pretenses of the “critic”. Workshops mirror the traditional writing circle, where members learn how to share and critique each other’s work in a supportive and challenging environment.
The weekly workshop is broken into three areas: 1) timed writing exercises designed to unlock language and living detail; 2) sharing and criticism of ongoing work; 3) study of poets, authors, genres (classical and contemporary) and methods in preparation for the weekly assignment. The goal for the course is to accumulate enough finished work to complete a “chapbook” and participate in a public reading. The end result of these acts is validation for the writer’s work and a benchmark for future growth.
Groups are organized each fall and spring. IBO students can apply their class hours as part of their CAS portfolios.
See the swingdoorclanks.wordpress.com site to follow along with current workshops.
All writing experience levels welcome, though English proficiency is required.
680zl per course
Mood Cafe, ul. Niepodleglosci. Walking distance from Metro Raclawicka. 6pm-8pm.
Contact and Registration
Send email and two poems to: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact by phone at +48 693182427
About the teacher
Matthew Krasner is a writer, poet and experienced teacher of Creative Writing for both adolescents and adults. He received his Masters degree in Liberal Arts from the St. John’s College in Santa Fe New Mexico and studied with Anne Waldman at the Naropa University of Fine Art in Boulder Colorado. His teaching methods were birthed at Naropa where the rule of the day was “first thought, best thought”. His teaching practice spans twelve years and is guided by spontaneity, humor and a knack for opening students to their own talents.
Matthew is currently the Principal at the International American School of Warsaw. He teaches courses in Literature, Creative Writing, and .b Mindfulness.
His written work is collected here at the swingdoorclanks.com site and is also published on medium.com.