Poetry Meets Fiction with Michele Bombardier and Erica Bauermeister


Poetry Meets Fiction with Erica Bauermeister and Michele Bombardier

This fiction and poetry mashup is about making fiction more poetic, and poetry more like storytelling.


$185.00 (any noted materials fee included)


$240.00 (any noted materials fee included)

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 6/1/2024 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Sat, 6/1/2024

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Great Room

Craft of Writing, Fiction, Poetry, Writing Intensive, Writing Talks and Q&A


Can fiction and poetry learn from one another?

Too often, writers work in the isolation of their own genre. We will break out of those silos. Two dynamic and accomplished authors, one a writer of fiction and memoir and the other a poet, can show writers of all genres how to deepen their craft.

Learn about writing more lyrically, using memorable image and metaphor, narrative arc, storytelling components, and more. We'll lean into questions like "What does it mean to bring music to the line?" "Why does something sound lyrical?" "How do we build tension or make a shift?" "How do we compress or expand a story?"

This four-hour class will be comprised of lectures from each teacher, questions and answers, group discussions, break-out writing sessions, and brief but stress-free workshop time.


  • Skill level: Writer who are experienced, but not necessarily advanced.
  • Bring a sack lunch, notebook, pen, and your curiosity.

Class Policies

Ages 14 and up are welcome.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Erica Bauermeister

Erica is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels, including "The Scent Keeper," "The School of Essential Ingredients," and her latest, "No Two Persons." She also has written a memoir, "House Lessons: Renovating a Life," and is the co-author of two readers’ guides, "500 Great Books by Women" and "Let’s Hear It for the Girls." Her books have been Reese’s Book Club and Indie Next Picks, and published in more than two dozen countries. She lives in Port Townsend with her husband and 238 wild deer.

Michele Bombardier

Michele is the 2024 NORward Prize winner. Her debut collection, "What We Do," was a Washington Book Award finalist. Her work has appeared in nearly 200 literary journals. She is the founder of Fishplate Poetry, the poet laureate of her town, Bainbridge Island, and an incurable optimist.

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