Poetry for Southern California












Deborah Edler Brown Workshops

Writing from the Well (6-Week Series)

The Writing from the Well workshop is a safe, intimate circle in which to explore your own creative water table, to discover what moves you and what gets you moving, to clear the channel so that the work that comes through you is vibrant and true. Whether you are creating or recreating a writing practice, whether you are writing poetry or prose, fiction or nonfiction, this workshop's exercises and discussions invite you into a new relationship with inspiration and the writing process. Come on in—the water is fine!

Cost: $270 ($240 early sign-up)
Westside Location. Class size Limited.

Digging the Well (One-Day Workshop)

Digging the Well is a full day of personal archeology, an opportunity to explore below the surface, down through blocks and muck to the fresh flow of original writing. Whether you're writing poetry, fiction or nonfiction, Digging the Well is a mini write-a-thon designed to refresh and renew your sluggish writing self. Let's find out where fresh water flows!

Cost: $95 ($75 early sign-up)
Westside location.

Contact: Deborah Edler Brown 

Kate Gale Poetry Workshop

For many of us working in our lonely caves, rooms or studios, the book begins to emerge but probably needs some help. Being in a writing workshop can speed that process.

Red Hen Press Editor and Founding Director, Editor of The Los Angeles Review, Kate Gale conducts a writing workshop to move manuscripts toward completion. Workshops will be ongoing. Instructor absences will be announced in advance.

Who this Workshop is for:
Beginning and intermediate writers who are working toward completion of a manuscript.

Genres covered will be poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm (monthly)
Price: $120 every 4 weeks
Location: Workshops are held in a private home in Granada Hills.

Additional Information:
To sign up for this workshop or for more information, please email Kate Gale.

Carine Topal Poetry Workshop

Discover your own voice and sources of personal inspiration through a series of writing exercises. Workshop members improve writing fluency, the ability to constructively critique personal work, and edit work of peers in a supportive environment. Writers become familiar with contemporary literature and generate work rich in language and imagination.  

Workshops offered at the Torrance Cultural Center. 8 weekly sessions, 7-10 pm , $30 per session.  

Carine Topal, a native New Yorker, is one of a few poets who writes and teaches in the South Bay. She participated in the grassroots organization, California Poets in the Schools. Since 1982, she has anthologized the poetry of special needs children. She was a resident poet for the City of Manhattan Beach as well as artist-in residence for Manhattan Beach elementary schools. She has been conducting poetry workshops for adults for over 10 years. Her work has appeared in Water-Stone, Caliban, The Best of the Prose Poem, and many other journals. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2004, and awarded a residency at Hedgebrook, in Washington State as well as a fellowship to study in St. Petersburg, Russia. She is the recipient of several poetry awards including the Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize. Carine conducts on-line mentoring workshops as well as her private workshops. 

For further information on workshops, contact Carine at 310-809-8578 or at carine515@yahoo.com



Writing Workshop for Women              

“Every word, every experience, every guiding suggestion – it’s all here!"    Iyanla Vanzant

      Facilitated by Best-selling Author Dorothy Randall Gray   

You are invited to immerse yourself in the spirit of the creative writing  process, the  divine excavation, the discovery and delight, the inner workings manifesting themselves in an excitingly external way.Soul Between the Lines; Freeing Your Creative Spirit Through Writing

 You are invited to join a conscious community of creative women and write like you've never  written before in a nonjudgmental arena of acceptance, inspiration, and enlightenment.  

Come with thoughts and ideas you want to develop, finished and unfinished work, dreams and images that fired your imagination, stories that have waited to be told. Or just bring a willing heart and write what it tells you to.

Our small group sessions allow plenty of time for in-class writing, professional guidance, personal attention, empowering feedback and stimulating exchange.  Let music, meditation, visualization and affirmation transform the power of who you are and what you write. All skill levels welcome!


For further info:  DRGheartland@aol.com, 323.661.3623

[Classes are held in Elysian Heights/Silverlake area. Exact class location given to registrants.]

 Dorothy Randall Gray is a motivational speaker, certified life coach and best-selling author of Soul Between The Lines: Freeing Your Creative Spirit Through Writing (Avon/HarperCollins) as well as six other books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Her writing workshops and personal growth seminars have inspired thousands throughout the world.  She is a former commentator for National Public Radio, NiaOnline columnist, Poet-in-Residence at Hunter College, and current board member of the International Women’s Writing Guild.