Poetry Workshop

Dates: August 5-September 23. Monday evenings, 6-8 pm (No class August 26 or September 2.)
Location: The Abigail Stuart House
$125 for Members, $175 for Non-Members
Facilitator: Terri Cohlene
Space Available: 12 spaces available out of 12
Registration: available down the page, or call 360-531-1472.

Designed for poets of all levels who want to have their work discussed seriously and in detail at the craft level, looking at sensory detail, setting, character, point of view, plot, structure, pacing, voice, style, tone, visual presentation, titles, authorial identity, and thematic elements, and getting perspectives and feedback from multiple readers.

You’ll have the opportunity to have poems looked at and workshopped, but–crucially–you’ll leave the workshop inspired and invigorated. These workshops are designed not only to provide the craft focus and community to take your work to the next level, but the inspiration to do so.

Since our inception in 2014, Kahini participants have published over three thousand individual times in literary magazines; released over two hundred books; been featured in the Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, Best American Short Stories, and Best American Science & Nature Writing anthologies; been shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing; and won New Zealand’s Best First Book Award, and won multiple other awards, fellowships, and full university professorships in creative writing.



Terri Cohlene grew up in Skyway, a suburb of Renton, Washington where she competed with her two brothers in polliwog-catching, berry-throwing and slug-handling. Her work is influenced by car trips to Eastern Washington and visits to her grandparents’ apple orchard in Cashmere.

Her writing career began in 1981 with the newspaper publication of a limerick which rhymed “Mercer” with “worser.”  She knew she was off-and-running!  Terri is now the author of eight books for children, and she wrote and assisted her Drama-Teacher daughter in the production of Fine Circle of Friends, a stage play for young adults. Her poetry for adults has appeared in Pontoon 8 & 9, Floating Bridge Review, Arnazella, Stories with Grace, Switched on Gutenberg and Godiva Speaks. The anthology, America at War, compiled by Lee Bennett Hopkins, contains Terri’s YA poem entitled, Desert Storm.

A former art director and editor of her own award-winning imprint, Terri has taught at Richard Hugo House and Shoreline & Whatcom Community Colleges. Currently, she serves on the boards of Art Kitchen and Olympia Poetry Network, and is a freelance editor in Olympia, Washington.