Seminars, Workshops, Tutorials


            I have worked individually, with writers of poetry and fiction, from all over the country, and while I taught in Philadelphia, Memphis, and currently, in the Asheville area.  I work one-on-one in face-to-face settings, but I also have students who live out of town, and work with me long-distance.  In addition, writers often ask me to read and comment on his or her chapbooks or other manuscripts, assisting with titles, ordering, etc.  My students have won serious book awards, the Vassar Miller Book Prize, the Guy Owen Prize from the Southern Poetry Review, for example, as well as published with small presses.

Riding the Rocket Ship: Revising Your PoemsA Poetry Workshop with Tina Barr for the Great Smokies CW Program Mondays, between Feb. & April, at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 1:00 to 3:30pm

The best poems seem like rocket ships; they suddenly "take off," into arenas we might not expect.  They reveal the personal while engaging with an outside world, juxtapose the expected with the unexpected, make connections beyond the ordinary.  Whether you are just beginning to write or a more experienced writer, learning how to "accelerate" in new directions is a process of growth.  We want our imaginations to explore, explode, surprise us as writers.  As Robert Frost said, "No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader."  This workshop will focus on providing optional exercises as strategies to "fuel" your poem(s), developing them in new directions. While there will be limited outside reading of examples (Ada Limon, Alice Friman, Gerald Stern, W.H. Auden), the workshop will foster new poems as well as revisions.  The class will be structured so we allow ample discussion time for participants' poems. 

Jumping out of the Parachute: Beyond the Narrative "I", Flat Iron Writers Room, Asheville, Saturday, March 23rd, 2 to 5pm, sponsored by NC Poetry Society
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