Rehoboth Beach Writers' Guild offers poetry classes starting June 3

May 25, 2013

The Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild is kicking off its summer creative writing classes with two poetry classes - one a workshop, the other a discussion group - designed to inspire and motivate writers of all skill levels and genres.

The popular Experiments in Poetry III (participants do not need to have taken Experiments I and II), taught by Gail Comorat and Ethan Joella, focuses each week on a different poetic form or theme that participants are encouraged to try in their own writing.  Possible topics for poems include Food, Form, Fire, List, Found and Erasure.

As in Sessions I and II, the class is not exclusive to people who want to write poetry. It’s for fiction writers, essayists and memoirists too. “There is no prose writer who can’t benefit from poetry’s emphasis on word choice, on voice, on emphasis, and tone and rhythm,” says novelist Maribeth Fischer. “And Gail and Ethan are the perfect teachers, for while they are best known for their poetry and bring an enormous wealth of poetic knowledge to the class, they are actively writing fiction and essays as well."

The class will be held 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Mondays, June 3 to July 8 in the Lankford Building on Bay Vista Road, Rehoboth. The class will have no more than eight members so each participant has ample time to receive feedback during workshops. The cost is $240 for RBWG members and $270 for nonmembers.

The second class, Seven Poets a Week, will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, June 4 to July 23. It focuses on discovering and discussing the work of great contemporary poets. Taught by Gail Comorat, the participants in this conversation-based class will read a selection of poems written by seven different poets each week, comparing and contrasting them, determining what makes a poem accessible, what makes a poem good or even great.

Participants will be using the "The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry," edited by Michael Simms. The class, which will meet in a Lewes location, costs $200 for RBWG Members and $240 for nonmembers.

The Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild also offers classes in novel writing, memoir, experiments in prose and self-publishing that will start later in the month. For more information, go to