Online Writing Workshops

Thanks to Hannah Olinger for sharing their work on Unsplash

ONLINE Drop-in Write-Ins continue through March and are held every Tuesday at 7:00pm and Thursday at Noon ET on Zoom:  Meeting ID: 512 194 9100


Each write-in begins with one or two 5-10 minute warm-up writing exercises designed to greet our inner artist and to help bring our thoughts gently into focus.

After considering a well-crafted example or two from established writers, participants then draft or outline the beginning of story, poem, or essay. There is ample time to share before the close of the hour for those who wish. Sharing is always welcome and invited but there is no pressure at all to do so. 

Besides taking time to dedicate ourselves to the practice of writing, these workshops have generated both interesting and heartfelt conversations and we have found ways to buoy each other through the pandemic and all that 2020 threw our way. Yes, art and writing remain important, even as the world around us falls into chaos and confusion.

The theme for the last week in February was GERMINATION, for which the following exercise was used:

  • Imagine yourself a seed and write about the process of sprouting through the soil and reaching toward the sun. Be as specific as you can and include as many physical sensations you can imagine. What time of year is it? What does the rain feel like? The soil? The Sun? The wind? What impediments do you encounter? Be sure to describe how it feels when you finally bloom or reach maturity.

  • Sample work: “Wild Pansy” by Lisa Bellamy

Themes for March Write-Ins:

  • Tuesday, March 9 @7:00PM: Escape
  • Thursday, March 11 @12:00 Noon: Escape
  • Tuesday, March 16 @7:00PM: Duende
  • Thursday, March 18 @12:00 Noon: Duende
  • Tuesday, March 23 @7:00PM: Power
  • Thursday, March 25 @12:00 Noon: Power
  • Tuesday, March 30 @7:00PM: Music


A suggested donation of $10.00 through Zelle or Venmo (@Lisa-Hase-Jackson), via PayPal (, or by check (email me for address) helps keep this dynamic workshop going. 

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Other Classes and Workshops:

If you have young writers in your life, please consider telling them about my ONLINE Creative Writing for Tweens and Teens. This is a Pressure-free, creativity-expanding creative writing course for writers ages 9-15. Imaginative prompts and exercises are offered each week to inspire personal essays, short stories, creative nonfiction, and poetry and is offered through ZOOM. $90 for 4-week class with new activities each week.

  • Session 2: Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00 PM (ET), March 16, March 23, March 30 & April 6

Email to register.

ONLINE Wednesday Afternoon Poetry Workshop and Study Group: We meet every other Wednesday from 1:00-3:00pm via Zoom. Next 12-week session begins January 20. Each week we discuss a chapter from a craft book, workshop poetry, and respond to a writing exercise or prompt. $180.00 for six meetings.

  • Spring/Summer Session 2021: April 14 (orientation), April 21, May 5, May 19, June 2, 16 & 30 and July 7 (note: one-week instead of the usual 2 between last two dates).
Email to register.
(Here is a photo of the Cypress Swamp taken a couple of springs ago at Caw Caw Interpretive Center. Having spent my growing-up years in the Midwest and Southwest, I find the swamp particularly mysterious and fascinating. )


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