Suzanne Lummis Writing Instructor

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Writing Classes

Classes and Workshop

Option 1
I have taught through the UCLA Extension Creative Writers’ Program since 1991. In addition to Beginning through Advanced Poetry I’ve developed and taught numerous special focus classes including Exploring Other Voices: Writing the Persona Poem; Poetry and the Art of Craft; Poetry Goes to the Movies: The Poem Noir; The Complete Poet: Vulnerability, Sexuality, Sense of Humor.

Next Writers’ Program Class

Location: UCLA Extension, Downtown L.A.
261 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Sat.,11am-2pm, Oct 1-Dec 10, 10 mtgs
(no mtg 11/26)
No refund after Oct 4.

Introduction to Poetry Writing
X 422.3
English 3 units
What is a poem and how does it differ from prose?
What sources can you, the beginning poet, look to for
ideas and inspiration? How can you encourage a raw
unfinished poem to become a thing of power and
beauty? This course provides a series of enjoyable and
illuminating exercises to expand your imagination and
introduce you to the complex issues of craft and revi-
sion in an accessible way. Of value to those who have
never written as well as those with some experience
who seek new direction and feedback.
Enrollment limited to 20 students.
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Reg# 268640CA
Fee: $555
Downtown Los Angeles:
109 UCLA Extension DTLA, 261 S. Figueroa St.

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Suzanne Lummis, MA, poet whose most recent book,
Open 24 Hours, received the 2013 Blue Lynx Poetry
Prize. Ms. Lummis’s poetry has appeared in
The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The Hudson Review,
The Antioch Review, and she is editor of Wide Awake:
Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond. She is a recipient
of Beyond Baroque’s George Drury Smith Award and
the UCLA Extension Outstanding Instructor Award in
Creative Writing.

Option 2
Though I encourage interested students to first take an Extension class, for those who can’t commit to 10 to 12 weeks–on the UCLA campus or Downtown Los Angeles–I do offer one-on-one consultations in which I will review and give detailed notes on 10 pages of poetry. Poets will also receive a one-page overview of their work noting particular strengths as well as areas in need of expansion or concentration, and a selection of published poems that in some respect speak to their own explorations.

Writers’ Program Student Success Stories Jessica Goodheart’s first book of poetry, Earthquake Season, was published by Word Press

“The joy of working with a great teacher like Suzanne is that after you leave the classroom she remains with you, a literary good angel on your shoulder who inspires you, cautions you and keeps you accountable. She’s taught me so much about craft: how to make language that is fresh, how to start a poem, how to end a line, how to draw a reader in. Her teaching is rooted in a deep knowledge of poetry and an unparalleled ability to communicate her passion for the subject. I can’t imagine having written this book without her guidance and encouragement.” – Jessica Goodheart

Jessica Goodhart


Cece Peri published in NoirCon, the publication of the Philadelphia biannual festival of the same name.

“After my first class with Suzanne I was hooked, or as a fellow student described it, I was Lummisized. She is an extraordinary mentor and teacher who gives her students the necessary grounding in craft and then encourages them to fly. I’m forever grateful to her and to the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.” – Cece Peri

CeCe Peri

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