Gepetto’s Workshop for the Essayist, Memoirist or Poet

Like the ole’ toymaker, we enter the workshop of our imaginations and try to carve out something that will come to life. Will the story, essay or poem tell truths or lies or something in between? Once created, does the writing have a life of its own and surprise us with a sudden twist or insight?

Bring in a piece of writing that you love, but want revitalize in some way. I will illustrate with examples how some writing is stronger when you change the form. I may ask you to elongate your lines into prose, shorten your piece into poetry or play with sound in metric verse to loosen up the gears of your mind to create something fresh. Going back and forth between two forms, often catapults writers from being stuck and releases the hidden meaning in what the writer is trying to say. This is an experiential workshop open to writers at all levels.

Terri Glass writes everything from haiku to free verse to the lyric essay. She is an award winning poet and author of the spoken word CD, The Body of the Living a Future, Language of the Awakened Heart, poetry guidebook for classroom teachers, and The Song of Yes, a book of poetry. She served as Program Director for California Poets in the Schools from 2008-11 and teaches creative writing throughout Marin County. She holds an MFA from USM where she studied both nonfiction and poetry writing.

When: May 3
Time 10-1pm
Where: Book Passages, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera
Cost: $45 Register at

Rumi & Rilke:Feasting on the Soul & Spirit

Terri Glass will discuss the lives and poetry of Jelaluddin Rumi, and Rainer Maria Rilke. Their work will serve as inspiration to fuel writing exercises that center around a particular theme. Get in touch with images that stir your soul and find a new way to articulate unconscious material and bring it to light through the writing process.

Terri Glass is a poet, writer and teacher of creative writing. She served as Program Director for California Poets in the Schools from 2008-2011 and actively teaches poetry in Marin County schools. She is the author of Language of the Awakened Heart, a guidebook for classroom teachers and a book of poetry, The Song of Yes, which is a blend of the spiritual and natural worlds. Visit her website at She is serving as a judge for the second annual Songs of the Soul Poetry Contest sponsored by the International Association of Sufism; winners will be announced at the Songs of the Soul Poetry and Sacred Music Festival in March. More info is available at

02/09/2013 1:00 pm
Location: Book Passages
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, California
United States


 Terri will trace the rich literary heritage of haiku from 8th century Japan to modern day American writers who have attempted this art form. This talk not only addresses the nuances of haiku itself, but reflects on how language evolves over time and how culture shapes perception.

Then she will read from her new chapbook of haiku, Birds, Bees, Trees, Love, Hee Hee!
Where: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
Date: June 21, 2015
Time: 4 pm