Poetry Groups

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.  There are three groups, but during the Covid19 closure, only two are actively meeting, which we do via Zoom.

  • POETS meets on third Tuesday mornings from 10:30 am to 12:30pm. This is s FULL group, no new members at this time. Currently inactive during church closure.
  • POETA meets on various evenings from 7:00 – 9:30 pm. We are meeting via Zoom and are currently full.
  • POESY meets on second Friday mornings from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm via Zoom. It now has 8 members and is closed.

If an additional group is needed, we will help you create it. Contact Bonnie Phipps with your interest. 

Our Workshops

During our sessions members present their original 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.

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