Zilka Joseph

Upcoming Workshops! Sign up Soon!​

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Tuesday Morning Workshops, October 2019

Three Workshops: Tuesdays, October 8, 15, 22 & 29
10 am to 12 pm
Cost: $120.  $65 for two sessions, $35 for one session, if there is room.
Venue: TBD

Pay attention to every word and make it count! Read closely and critically and make your work stronger! Polish your work and send it out!

Wordplay: We will start with a craft discussion (mainly poetry, language, technique and form) based on samples from a handout, read your poems/pieces and offer helpful critiques. The instructor will provide focused comments and suggestions on your work. Prose fiction, CNF, memoir, hybrid forms, experimental work and anything in between welcome! Writers preparing work for publication or those just beginning to explore different kinds of writing--all will benefit from this fast-paced workshop! 
Bring 4-6 pages of prose (one continuous piece/work) double spaced, 12 point font, preferably Times New Roman
or 1-2 pages of poetry (one poem), single spaced, 12 point font, preferably Times New Roman

*If for any reason you are unable to attend a session, I will email you the handout, and I'll critique one poem (upto 2 pages, 12 point Times New Roman, single spaced) or a piece/prose (upto 6 pages, 12 point Times New Roman, double spaced) sent to me by the end of the week.

Email me directly to sign up. If you are not on my mailing list please email me at  Please write Creative Writing Workshop in your subject line. Thanks!

"The Ode II: A Study of the Romantic Odes and the Odes of Pablo Neruda" 
A Three-hour Intensive Workshop 

Thursday September 26
10 am to 1:15pm
Cost: $50
Venue: TBD

The Ode II

A fast-paced workshop where will write new work inspired by prompts and writing exercises, share work written in the workshop (optional), and do close readings of a couple of odes from the English Romantic poets,  and a few of Pablo Neruda's odes. This workshop focuses on a detailed study of text, and creating a format for your own ode. We will generated new material first and then play with fresh ways to use the ode forms the Romantics and Pablo Neruda used. Though this workshop is designed for teaching form in poetry, it is also about how to approach writing works of praise, and we will discuss tone, rhetorical techniques, and questions these explorations bring when we write such work, regardless of genre.  This workshop will be useful to any writer who is interested in exploring traditional and contemporary odes and experimenting with composing works of praise.

Email me directly to sign up. If you are not on my mailing list or taking a workshop with me for the first time, please email me at  Please write Creative Writing Workshop in your subject line. Thanks!

(Photos of events in the slideshow taken by John Joseph, Charlee Brodsky, Usha Akella, and some are photos of book covers.)