Poetry as Storytelling

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  • “It was great! I think it was a nicely timed event, with enough breaks to make us feel fresh and energized. Time flew! It was really good to get more structure into my poetry, which I think is very important.”

    Prashant, March 30, 2019

  • “These workshops have been playing an important role in the development of my voice. Thank you for the sincerity, the craftsmanship , the warmth, and the sensitivity. I feel I am in safe hands with the Amsterdam Writing Workshops. The empathy and lack of judgment are rare—and truly appreciated.

    My favourite part of the class was the moment we saw all of those poems on the screen. I experienced the incredible power of working in a concentrated way, in good company, and with the guidance of two professionals. Thank you!”

    Ritsa, March 30, 2019

  • “I discovered new poets and saw examples of different types of poems and techniques. I especially liked the short writing periods, guided by prompts.”

    Julia, March 30, 2019

  • “It was a day well spent, and my mind is still slightly abuzz with all of the impressions. I loved first reading all the published poems and then getting to hear the poems we wrote. Plus, I feel like I’m finally starting to understand the line break, which is always really tricky for me.”

    Debbie, March 30, 2019

  • “Thank you again for the workshop, and thanks to all of the other participants. I was amazed by all of the colourful poetry—and by the urge to write and to understand the world. Stay awesome!”

    Ortrud, March 30, 2019

  • “Thank you for a wonderful day. I’m so glad I bit the bullet and broke through my comfort zone and attended the workshop. I learned that using my voice—and not a ‘pretend’ or a pretentious voice—is not only okay, but better! My favorite part of the workshop was hearing my poem read; I’m a phrase maker!”

    Laura, March 30, 2019

  • “My favorite parts of this workshop:

    • The reader packed with stuff, so after the energy of the workshop, the pumpedupness, you can cool down at home while lingering a little bit longer in that same spirit.
    • The close reading (distilling techniques from actual poems) combined with the doing (turning freewriting into a “finished” first draft)
    • Your workshops show me again and again how much can be done in a relatively short time. It’s difficult to achieve this at home, I guess because you provide pacing and efficiency.
    • The interaction of the two instructors, the different perspectives. Great duet. • Seriousness combined with humor, wit.
    • The words and the work are center-stage.
    • The feedback

    Please keep your workshops this condensed, this fully packed, this intense. Not a minute goes to waste; time flies, I feel alive :-)”

    Irma [Driessen], March 30, 2019

  • “The workshop inspired me to write more about my daily life and to read daily.

    The class also gave me greater flexibility and freedom in showing my feelings—by using (as inspiration) humor, food references, parts of the body, etc.

    What I appreciated most about the workshop was the respect shown by the instructors and my colleagues. No one criticized each other’s poems. It was very intense and emotional. I felt that everyone was sailing on the same ship. No one was left out; we were there to learn from each other. I felt that the instructors really managed to draw out the best work from us; this boosted my self-confidence.”

    Ana Cristina, March 26, 2017