Seeing Again: A creative writing workshop

Instructor: Katherine Harer


Saturdays, November 5 and 12, 2016 from 10 am to 12:30 pm

Arts Center

One session: $25 members, $30 non-members; Both sessions: $50 members, $65 non-members

Signup by November 1, 2016; after that, check availability.                                                                   To register call (707)884-1138.

Download: materials list for Seeing Again workshop

Katherine Harer

This workshop will meet for two consecutive Saturdays from 10-12:30 at the Arts Center. Our focus will be on writing poetry and/or prose based on close observation of the natural world, developing a writer’s attention to detail and sensory experience. When writers use their eyes, they transform what they see into images that evoke the “seen”. What is seen is seen again, newly.

I will use a variety of teaching modes: warm-up exercises to free-up words and imagery; model poems and prose that serve as examples of sharpened awareness and focused word-choice; flexible structures to use to begin a piece of writing; useful tools for revision and editing; and feedback and guidance throughout the process.

We will walk outdoors in the Arts Center grounds with our notebooks and return indoors to write and share our work. Participants will be given a variety of resources to help them continue to write poetry and/or imaginative prose on their own once the two-session workshop is over.

Katherine Harer, head shot


About the instructor

Katharine Harer has published six books of poetry. A new and selected collection of her work, Jazz & Other Hot Subjects, came out in January 2016. Her poems have been published in literary journals, newspapers, online poetry sites and anthologies. Katharine also writes creative nonfiction, personal essays based on close observation of the natural world. She has written an oral history of women who played pro baseball and a travel memoir/homage to Pablo Neruda.

Katharine teaches English and Creative Writing at Skyline Community College in San Bruno where she has been on the faculty for over thirty years. She is the former Director of the statewide California Poets In The Schools program and Small Press Traffic Literary Arts Center in San Francisco.   Katharine has read her work in hundreds of colleges, bookstores, galleries and cafes and often performs with jazz musicians.


Registration, Payment & Cancellation Policy

Register at Gualala Arts Center, Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm or call                     (707) 884-1138. We accept Visa and Mastercard. Out of town workshop participants: see our Visitor Information page, including lodgings & restaurants.

Class must be paid in full at registration. Payments can be refunded (minus a $25 non-refundable fee) until the “register by” date; after that date, no refunds. Classes are filled on a first come first served basis until all spaces are filled. All classes are subject to minimum and maximum enrollment. If the class does not fill, you will receive a full refund. Please check that your class has filled before the first meeting date.