Poetry and Memoir Workshops

To schedule poetry, memoir and creative non-fiction workshops in your area, email Diane Frank at GeishaPoet@aol.com.

Blue Light Press Online Poetry Workshop

Eight-week sessions, 3 times per year: fall, winter, spring

"Diane's teaching is intuitive, and like the best dance partner, leads from the heart."

-Sandie Kopff

This workshop provides a safe and supportive environment to grow as a writer. I offer it to all writers who want to transform the most significant moments of their lives into deep imagistic language of poetry. The workshop is open to writers of all levels – from raw beginners to seasoned poets who need a jumpstart for their inspiration. Each week you will receive an inspiring seed idea designed to trigger the creation of a poem, share ideas about the process of writing poetry, and workshop one of your poems. For more information, please see www.BlueLightPress.com.


Writers on Writing, SF State University

"Diane's teaching comes from the heart. She's innovative, whimsical and visionary."

-Larry Gilius

(Fall semester class)
Writers on Writing at San Francisco State University – OLLI Program
Westfield Campus of San Francisco State University,
835 Market Street, 6th Floor
Meets Tuesdays, October 2 - November 13, 2018 – 12:30 - 2:30- pm.
Featured authors:  Judy Bebelaar and Ron Cabral, Yuyutsu Sharma, James Ralston, Matt Monte, Dale Biron, Diane Frank, and Joan Gelfand.
Writers on Writing is a literary salon, where published authors will read from their books, talk about their creative process, and answer questions. A new author is featured each week. After the Q&A, authors will offer a writing exercise based on their book, with time to share writing before the end of the session. If you've ever read a book and wanted to speak with the author, this class is for you. You'll also have the opportunity to get a signed copy of the book.
For information: email GeishaPoet@aol.com


The Journey from Poet to Author

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 10:30 am. to 4:30 pm.

"Diane's classes invevitably unleash a torrent of significant creativity."

- Paul Stokstad

The theme of this workshop is transforming your poems into a book – the issues, the obstacles, and the joy.
Workshop at the Mechanics Institute Library with the San Francisco Writers Conference
57 Post St, San Francisco, CA
To Enroll:  www.milibrary.org/events/journey-poet-author-oct-13-2018
Or contact Taryn Edwards: tedwards@milibrary.org

San Francisco Memoir Workshop

Meets Tuesday nights, 7:45 to 10:00 p.m.

Memoir Writing is conversation with your soul. It's a beautiful way to honor your life and your inner wisdom. This workshop provides a safe and supportive environment to grow as a writer. I offer it as a gift to all writers who want to transform the most significant moments of their lives into language. This workshop gives you a sacred creative place to express your life experience, fantasies, visions, desires and your dreams. For information, send an E-mail to GeishaPoet@aol.com.


Blue Light Press Summer Writing Workshop!

San Francisco, an extended weekend, typically in mid-July

If you've ever thought about meeting poets from the On-Line Workshop in person, while enjoying four days in San Francisco, you are warmly and joyfully invited to attend the Blue Light Press Summer Poetry Workshop! The workshop combines a writing retreat (workshops, poetics, writing sessions) with cultural events including a hike in Muir Woods, a San Francisco Symphony concert in the park, ethnic dining adventures, and poetry readings. For more information and to reserve your place, please see www.BlueLightPress.com.


Previous courses:

Language of the Soul, at SF State

A Workshop for Poets, Fiction and Memoir Writers
Six-week Session

This workshop will help you access your inner wisdom and express it in your writing. It is open to poets, fiction and memoir writers with wisdom to share. You will be given techniques to access your inner wisdom, vision and intuition, and express it with power and beauty. Each session includes a provocative writing exercise, the “Writer’s Toolbox” with techniques from poetry and fiction to help your writing become more expressive, and a reading/feedback circle. Diane's teaching style is joyful, loving, and intuitive. She works with every writer to help you break through to a deeper level of expression and shares the intuitive writing process she used to create Blackberries in the Dream House, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.