Riding the Dragon Poetry Workshop

Ignite your inspiration

Expand your creative palette

Discover a wealth of poetic styles and tools

Learn secrets of revision to make your poems sing

This lively class is designed to inspire you to write new poems, explore new styles and expand your skills, deepen your enjoyment of the vast world of poetry, and take you to the next level from wherever you are starting.

We delve into aspects of the art and craft of poetry, drawing on masterful examples and a host of poetic techniques. These tools are excellent for writers of all kinds and at all levels of experience.

We dive into inventive writing exercises to broaden your palette and get the ink flowing, and you’ll receive stimulating home-play to keep you creating new work.

In a safe, supportive environment, we draw forth your unique voice and art. You will learn secrets of revision to make your poems sing and come away with eight new poems to astonish and delight you.

Many poets in my classes also discover lasting creative friendships with others in the group.

8 Weeks • May 10 – June 28
Fridays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Inner Path, 200 Commercial St, downtown Nevada City

$360. Class size is limited to 8.



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There is no pro-rating for classes that you miss and no refunds once you register.

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“In my many years of studying poetry I have never had such a penetrating exploration of the components of poetry. This has been a very deepening experience. I got so much more than expected from this class.”
“…a wonderful, uplifting, creative environment that helped me grow as a writer.  I learned things that I never knew existed about writing a poem. I look forward to the next writing adventure with you.”
“I looked forward to class every week. It was a wonderful retreat from daily life where I could submerge myself into the warm waters of creativity and evoke the poetic muse. It was in intimate and safe setting to simultaneously be creative, challenged, and inspired. …nothing better to get your writing going, or keep it rolling.”
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“Poetry is an adventure with Max’s style of teaching. Nothing pedantic or textbook-like. Rather, a chance to dive in and explore a new facet of poetry every session, be it metaphor, emotion or viewpoint. …a springboard for new discoveries and a way to open up and envision wider horizons.”
“Maxima’s writing exercises helped me to open up to the rhythm of my own poetic heart, and to reveal it in a nurturing workshop environment. I highly recommend this workshop to all writers!”