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Rise & Shine: Winter 2021 | Series of Odes

January 19, 2021 @ 9:00 am - March 9, 2021 @ 11:00 am PST


Rise & Shine is a generative poetry workshop presented by Surprise the Line, hosted by Nancy Lynée Woo. Started in April 2020, Rise & Shine began as a daily writing group in response to the pandemic and NaPoWriMo. Now, the morning meetings rotate throughout the year with different series.

About This Group:

The purpose of this space is to generate new words on the page together. We welcome anyone who would like to start their day with an invigorating poetry writing prompt in a communal setting. Rise & Shine will stay free and donation-based to allow anyone access to this generative writing group.

The first hour is spent writing, and whoever would like to stay and share is welcome to read their draft (not a critique space). Invite surprise onto the page! Discover what wants to be written on that particular day without judgment. Lean into the process.


The Winter 2021 series will meet Tuesday mornings at 9 am PST, starting January 19 and ending March 9 (8 weeks). Our focus will be writing odes!

An ode is traditionally a lyric poem written in reverence to a particular object or thing. Modern odes allow a lot of room for exploration. For the purposes of this workshop, writing an ode simply means “paying particular attention to.” We will practice writing close details of a specific object or thing, with plenty of room to discover what else there is to see underneath.

“Remember that all description is an opinion about the world. Find a place to stand.” Anne Enright

Each week, the prompt will include an example ode for inspiration and some starting points, including a broad topic for focus, if you choose to take it. Like all Surprise the Line workshops, you do not need to write to the prompt. Follow your own inspiration wherever it leads.

For the comfort of participants, these sessions will not be recorded.


January 19, 2021 @ 9:00 am PST
March 9, 2021 @ 11:00 am PST
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