Convocation of Poets


Convocation of Poets: A Poetry Workshop

Poetry is language of the Heart and Soul, of deep Imagination and lived Wisdom.

Through it, we experience life more deeply, richly, magically.

We come to know ourselves and meet others on sacred ground.

Everyone has a poet within them, and, as Robert Duncan said, “We need the voices of all the poets.”

“I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections, and the truth of Imagination.” – John Keats

Creative CommunityIn Convocation of Poets you will

  • Dive deeply into poetry.
  • Hone your unique poetic voice and skills.
  • Explore new forms, styles and approaches.
  • Learn aspects of the art and craft of poetry, including tools of revision to make your poems shine.
  • Ignite your inspiration.
  • Discover a wealth of possibilities to expand your creative palette.
  • Be a part of a creative community.

Structure of the workshop

Convocation of Poets is designed to be a long-term poetry workshop. We will begin with six weeks in Autumn 2019, and intend to continue in the new year with a longer series, so that poets who choose to can form supportive relationships with one another, and keep writing and growing in their art.

Poetry workshop sessions meet alternate Thursdays for 2 hours. Group is limited to 8 participants, so you get lots of individual attention.

During our sessions, we:

  • Discuss your poems-in-progress. The group’s constructive feedback is carefully structured to encourage you to keep writing and honing your craft.
  • Delve into aspects of the art and craft of poetry, such as metaphor, line breaks, revision and more.
  • Explore practical tools to sustain your creative life and realize your writing aspirations.

Inspiring homeplay includes:

  • Optional poem prompts to help you to explore new poetic terrain and stay inspired.
  • Practices and exercises to deepen your engagement with the world of poetry and cultivate your writing life.
  • Reading of poems in a wide range of styles and voices to expand your sense of poetic possibilities and your knowledge of the art and craft of poetry.

[/vc_column_text][invicta_testimonial author_name=””]“Poetry is an adventure with Max’s style of teaching. Nothing pedantic or textbook-like. Rather, a chance to dive in and explore a new facet of poetry every session, be it metaphor, emotion or viewpoint.…a springboard for new discoveries and a way to open up and envision wider horizons.…I felt a great sense of freedom and engagement.“[/invicta_testimonial][vc_column_text]Maxima Kahn has been leading workshops on writing and creativity since 2004, formerly at the University of California Davis Extension, and at Brilliant Playground. A recipient of scholarships and fellowships to the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and the Vermont Studio Center, she has been published in numerous literary journals and has twice been nominated for Best of the Net. Her full-length collection of poems, Fierce Aria, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.[/vc_column_text][invicta_testimonial author_name=””]“I’m writing poems more frequently, and feel much more ease with my writing. I understand more about nuance, structure, rhythm, and why some things work or don’t work.

What I love about the group and group process is multi-layered. A lovely camaraderie was developed and I’ve come to care deeply about the other poets in the group. They have become friends in a way I would never have expected. From that sprung an experience of validation that I don’t believe I could have felt outside of group. To hear others refer to themselves and to me as “poet” has been transformational.

You’re a wonderful teacher, Max. Your style is warm, encouraging, informative, practical and infused with humor.”[/invicta_testimonial][vc_column_text]


Dates and Times TBA
in a private home in Nevada City, CA

I am planning a group that will last six months, either meeting weekly or every other week (I’m open to hearing your preference), beginning in early 2020. If you are interested, contact me and/or sign up for my newsletter to hear about it.

How To Register

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Our Agreement

Because of the small class size, this course can only run with full commitment. Once you register, you are making a commitment to the full duration. You are responsible for paying in full, regardless of how often you attend. There is no pro-rating of price for classes that you miss and no refunds.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]


[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][invicta_testimonial author_name=””]Our poetry workshop was exactly what I hoped for. It had the encouragement to write for a supportive audience combined with more specific, constructive feedback. I really benefited from a workshop that taught the craft of poetry. I appreciate that your own suggestions for revisions were so candid yet supportive.[/invicta_testimonial][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][invicta_testimonial author_name=””]The Convocation of Poets group has been a wonderful experience. 

You set a tone that I believe must come from your love and dedication of and to poetry that is inspiring. You obviously love what you are doing. You are alive and in the moment and are not offering any sort of “canned” approach.  The tone is one of acceptance and encouragement. At the same time you are honest in your feedback which gives others in the group permission to be honest with their reactions to others’ work (as well as our own).

The experience has enabled me to continue down the path of self acceptance and compassion that is priceless.

New and unexpected vistas open up that renews my interest in life and living.

I have gotten all that I hoped for and more.

It has a living energy that has emerged from your and the other poets efforts to grow a better world for ourselves and everyone.[/invicta_testimonial][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]