Experimental Writing: Poetry & Lyric Essay

Are you a poet always on the brink of a narrative essay, or a fiction writer who craves genre-breaking inspiration? Do you write creative nonfiction but feel there’s something lackluster in your approach? Or are you new to writing and looking for an entry point? Let’s face it, these past few years have been anything but commonplace – and we need fresh writing to reflect what’s transpired in our society, and within each of us.

In this 6-week Experimental Writing Workshop, we will explore cutting edge contemporary poets & writer’s tools and techniques and lean into their examples. Each week will consist of a generative class where, through discussion, readings, and take-home exercises, writers will stretch their own limits and release stifling patterns.

Whether you’d like to revive a stalled project, bring an idea to life, or simply elasticize your mind by diving into something new, this workshop will give you an opportunity to think and write in unexpected ways!


September 26, 2023 - October 17, 2023


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm




Cassandra Rockwood Rice Ghanem


Cassandra Rockwood Rice Ghanem

Cassandra Rockwood Rice Ghanem holds a BA from California Institute of Integral Studies and an MFA in Creative Writing from California College of the Arts. Her award-winning poems and creative nonfiction have been published locally and internationally. In 2022, Nomadic Press published Cassandra’s first poetry collection, Hot Thicket, and she is currently in the final stages of editing a book-length lyric essay. Also the illustrator of Basho’s Haiku Journeys, a haiku picture book, Cassandra derives her versatility through prolific creative experimentation and cross-pollination between artistic disciplines and literary forms. Cassandra upholds values of diversity and inclusion, and has taught workshops and classes at community centers, high schools, colleges, and universities in Alaska, Hawaii, and California. In 2019, Cassandra led a year-long literary reading series for women and non-binary writers at The Beat Museum in San Francisco.