poetry & creative writing Workshops
Claudia Jensen Dudley brings many years of experience and experimentation in creative teaching techniques to any residency, tailoring her work as much as possible to individual student needs. Her aim is to ignite self-exploration through poetry in “children of all ages,” whether in a school, senior living community, home school, business, hospital, or other environment – wherever it’s needed.
Creative Writing Workshops for Seniors
Claudia has provided creative writing classes for senior citizens in San Francisco since 2013, using a wide variety of writing prompts and ideas in a mutually supportive atmosphere. The subject matter ranges from questions such as “When and how has intuition served you?” or “How did a piece of mail change your life?” to prompts like “I was completely taken by surprise,” or “I wanted my money back!” The results are memoirs, poetry, fiction, prose essays—often humorous, always reflective of serious issues. All work is read out loud in an atmosphere of trust and respectful listening. Senior writers, even those who haven’t written in this way before, bring a broad life experience and world view to their work. Both writers and “facilitator” are amazed at the results.
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Poetry Workshops for Children and Youth
Claudia has been an enrichment teacher in San Francisco since 1990. As a member of California Poets in the Schools, she initiated and developed a school day poetry residency in her neighborhood elementary school that spanned over a decade. She was poet-teacher and storyteller 16 years in the Richmond District After School Collaborative, an after school program which highlighted arts education from its inception. She also worked in collaboration with San Francisco Performances on theme-based high school residencies in Bay Area High Schools.
Her lessons include exploration of simile, metaphor, personification, alliteration, and other poetic techniques, plus thought-provoking writing on feelings, family, dreams, colors, questions, animals, “what’s silly,” and much, much more. Typically, each session lasts between 45 minutes and an hour, with students sharing their writing at the end
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