We are members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene who meet monthly to encourage each other in writing poetry. We do so through supportive suggestions, discussion, and sharing ideas and resources. We hold THREE two-hour monthly workshops in members’ homes.
• POETS meets on third Tuesday mornings from 10:30 am to 12:30pm. This is s FULL group, no new members at this time.
• POETA meets on second Friday evenings from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. We are currently full.
• POESY was formed over the summer of 2014. It now has 10 members and is closed.
• And there has been a fourth Poetry group formed in the Spring of 2015.
If a fifth group is needed, we will help you create it too. Contact Bonnie Phipps above with your interest.
During these sessions members present their poems for detailed discussion. Suggested assignments are given to inspire or “jump-start” those who are experiencing writer’s block or just want to try writing something different, fun, or challenging. For more information on the workshops, see below for “Workshop Guidelines”.
We occasionally hold poetry readings at church, and in the past we have presented several Sunday programs featuring poetry. Other ideas could include:
— Participate in the “free” poems hand outs in dispensers and Tiny Libraries in town
— Offer a poetry reading to UUCE membership and friends
— Sponsor a well know poet for a special program at church
— Sponsor a poetry writing workshop
— Sponsor a win and poetry gathering open to church members and friends,
— Arrange for a “poetry as art” show at the church
If you have written a poem for discussion, bring six to eight copies to distribute to workshop participants. Discussion of your poem begins with your reading it aloud before you distribute copies, then asking someone else to read it aloud, so that everyone gets a second chance to hear it and you can hear it more objectively yourself. After that, discussion (usually 10-15 minutes) begins, and at the end of the discussion, the copies of the poem are returned to you with signed, written comments if desired.