The KLSW English Writers Group




The Third Writing Workshop with Maryland’s Tenth Poet Laureate


Grace Cavalieri

                                                     Photo by Dan Murano


Saturday, March 28, 2020, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.


The Writer’s Center (
4508 Walsh Street

Bethesda, Maryland 20815


RSVP: Reservation accepted until the maximum of 15 is reached
Please contact Young-Key Kim-Renaud, Chair of the KLSW English Writers Group, 703.527.0115 / 703.598.2520

About the Guest Lecturer: Grace Cavalieri is the author of 26 books and chapbooks of poetry and 20 short-form and full-length plays. Her new book of poems is Showboat (Goss publications 2019) about 25 years as a Navy wife. Forthcoming poetry book is What The Psychic Said. Her latest play “Quilting The Sun” was produced at the Theater for the New City, NYC in 2019. She founded and produces “the Poet and the Poem” for public radio, now from the Library of Congress, celebrating 43 years on-air. Her new play “Hyena In Petticoats” will have a staged reading June 2020 at Baltimore’s Strand Theater. Among other honors Grace holds are The Associated Writing Program’s George Garrett Award; the Pen-Fiction, the Allen Ginsberg, Bordighera Poetry, and Paterson Poetry awards; the “Annie” Award; The inaugural Columbia Award; and The CPB Silver Medal.






           (2-hour session)


Greetings and introductions


Goal: To access experiences inside of ourselves that can be vividly described.

           All writing levels welcome


A 5-minute mediation begins our practice and then a discussion of the 4 basic elements for a good life or poem, or work of art: that we have a thinking part, a feeling part, senses (sensual), and intuition. We discuss these meanings.


The writing session brings people within themselves by going through the floors of their lives (each floor a different year) in an elevator. This takes personal mediation and silence to obtain a story from one of the "Floors."


Our writers leave the area to be alone to write what they saw on their "floor." They return in 15 minutes having written from margin to margin just as they "saw" it. Writers share the floor they are on and tell, if they wish. The writers stay with their prose narrative; and we then discuss how it becomes a poem.


Writers also can finish the sentences:  I wish    I wonder    I dream    I am afraid   etc. 


The writers may be given 10 words that have no connection, and they connect them into poems and stories like stringing beads.


After this outside work may be brought in for sharing. However, participants must xerox copies of poems to be discussed for each member ahead of time.