We know how lonely writing can be—often we do it without any real professional support, because the words must come out. At Palette, we'd love to offer folks the opportunity for a little of that professional support, simply and without hassle—thus our feedback letters.
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With each letter of feedback, our editors apply their expertise to your poem and relate back in 1-2 pages what they liked and didn't like, practical and clear avenues of improvement, and suggestions for places of future submission.
Meet our current team of Editors who do this work: Joshua Roark, Heather Derr-Smith, Velid Beganovic Borjen, Raina Leon and Carol Potter.
We can't wait to meet you and your words!
For February, we will be learning about the poetic line, with James Logenbach's The Art of the Poetic Line as our source text. As for all of our webinars, this will be a mixture of lecture, discussion and workshop, and will occur on the last Saturday of the month. Please fill out the appropriate forms and read the assignments before joining.
- webinar will go live on February 29th
- open to all poets at any stage of their development and career
- participation is encouraged but not mandatory
- a video download will be available after the webinar airs
- reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions
- to briefly survey the poetic line through history, its development to contemporary trends
- to understand Logenbach's theory of "dynamic force" and his system of three different methods of breaking the poetic line
- to be able to identify the ways in which award winning poets are employing the dynamic force of their lines to keep the reader engaged
- to create a new piece with a focus on employing the dynamic force
- to edit an old piece to better employ the dynamic force
We are so excited to offer this unique service to our poet community! The Individual Curriculum and Development Program will be open for up to 5 poets a month to receive mentorship from our Editor-in-Chief, Joshua Roark (MFA and Certificate in the Teaching of Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles). This program is modeled after a low-residency MFA, with a "packet" of work and feedback between the poet and the mentor for each month purchased. Practical and actionable development of the poet's craft is the highest priority for the program. You'll also receive:
- an invitation to the exclusive slack channel for poets in the program—which offers space to chat with your mentor and fellow poets, discuss readings, workshop with fellow poets, talk poetry news, celebrate acceptances, share deadlines, etc.
- a reserved spot in a webinar of the poet's choice.
Each packet is based around a month's schedule—although poets are welcome to adjust the program to what works best for them. Online discussion will be on going throughout the program.
Step/Week 1: To begin, you will send the mentor your first packet of material: responses to a questionnaire about your primary concerns and previous experience, as well as 3 original poems.
Step/Week 2: Your mentor will return your packet with original feedback and notes on revision (developmental and line-by-line). You will also receive an assigned collection of poetry, assigned craft-focused readings to support your efforts to create new and revise old work, and unique prompts to help produce new poems.
Step/Week 3: You will read, revise, and write! This is the meat of the program: your interaction with the assigned material, with guidance available online from your mentor. You will be asked to produce an essay in response to the craft reading, an essay in response to the collection, three new poems, one revision.
Step/Week 4: You will send your final packet of work to the mentor and schedule a 60 minute phone call / video chat to discuss the material and talk through your future development as a poet.