Write A Poem!
California Poet in the Schools • Meredith Heller
Poetry Writing Workshops for Kids Who Love to Write!
NOW on ZOOM
Kids 10 & up
More classes available
$30/class via Venmo
My workshops are fun, engaging, and inspiring. I lead students through lively and diverse writing invitations geared to spark their imagination, conjure their thoughts and feelings, and cultivate their unique writing voice. I help them develop an eye for detail, an ear for the musicality of the written word, and a trust of their creative instincts. Students build greater self- esteem and increase their capacity to express themselves with depth and clarity. We cultivate a community of friends who share a common passion for poetic writing and self-expression and encourage each other to dig deep and shine.
My passion is helping empower young people to speak their truth, express themselves clearly and creatively, and know that they matter. I draw on nature, the five senses, personal discovery, and a rich library of poets and writing invitations to evoke poetry from kids in their own voices about what most concerns and enlivens them.
Join me as we write odes to fruit and veggies, personify the seasons, embody the elements, and bring colors to life! Explore the five senses using food, spices, textures, and music. Investigate photographs, nature objects, and questions of inquiry. Delve into our relationship with our bodies: our hands, our hair, our skin, our bellies! Meet me out in nature and write about what we discover there. Glean inspiration from a wide range of poets including Mary Oliver, e.e. cummings, Pablo Neruda, Sandra Cisneros, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Joy Harjo, Octavio Paz, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Ruth Gendler, and more. Practice speaking your poetry out loud in solo pieces and group performances. Workshops culminate with a seasonal student poetry reading at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA.
Meredith Heller is a performing poet, singer/songwriter, and educator with graduate degrees in writing and education. She is the author of the poetry collection, SONGLINES (Finishing Line Press). Her new book, Write a Poem, Save Your Life! is currently under contract. A former Poet in the Schools in Boulder, CO, and currently, a California Poet in the Schools and Poetry Out Loud coach, Meredith teaches poetry workshops in Marin County schools, Juvenile Hall, and now on zoom. She has a poetry video series on YouTube for grades 1-3. She leads MoonTribe ‘Write of Passage’ Nature Program for teen girls and Wild Women, Wicked Words for women. She teaches music & movement classes for children, coaches guitar, voice, and songwriting, and hosts Siren Song, a women’s singer/songwriter night.
She is a frequent contributor to Rebelle Society and We’Moon. Her work has appeared in Quiet Lightning, The Aquarian, Avocet, and the book, Women, Their Names, & The Stories They Tell. Her essays are published in Common Ground Magazine and Tiny House Magazine. Her song ‘Little Boy Blue’ received honorable mention in American Songwriter Magazine. A nature girl who spent fifteen summers solo-backing, she hikes the trails daily and lives with a gentle footprint in a tiny cottage in Marin County, CA. She spends her free time camping and writing at the Yuba River & Big Sur.
Thank you for leading our creative writing classes. You have taught me so much both as a poet and a person. You have broadened my skill and imagination to a whole new level. Thank you for everything you do!
Every time Meredith walks into the room it explodes from the overload of happiness. Now we even get to do class outside sometimes. She pushes me to expand my pieces to use every sensory detail I have, so when you read it, you can transform into the story. Writing is like time traveling, if you use enough description, the person reading it will be transported into that story. I love Meredith’s class.
Meredith has taught me how to write in great detail. The prompts she comes up with are all so different and yet connected, and I’ve noticed them translating into my descriptions of life. I think that I have become a more intelligent sounding human being because of Meredith’s class. Writing has become a passion of mine. Meredith helps you to capture the imagination that your piece holds and bring its potential to life. I’ve found myself writing about the dark, the light, the mysterious, and the obvious in her class, and it’s exciting to watch my friends and I share a burning passion for this art form.
Working with Meredith helped me become a better writer. Most importantly, she helped me feel confident in my art and helped me foster my own style. Meredith has a unique way of bringing people up and helping them recognize their own light. I am forever grateful for Meredith, both as a teacher and person.
For the past few years, I have looked forward to Writing Workshop every week with Meredith. It is a time to be creative and let my mind wander into each unique prompt, and learn a lot about myself and new skills. I’ve become more confident in writing and sharing my pieces, and I love sharing this experience with my friends.
Ever since 5th grade, writing with Meredith has been one of my favorite parts of the week. Writing class has expanded my view on so many types, forms, and styles of writing that I never thought was possible. Meredith’s writing prompts are so mind-opening and they plant so many ideas in my mind. Writing is now a strength of mine that I am always confident in. Thank you, Meredith!
I have to tell you that my daughter was over the moon for days after reading her piece at Book Passage. More than reading her own, it was so powerful to have girls of all ages present so that she (and we) could hear thoughts & words of older & younger kids. She’s officially hooked. Thank you so much for being a beautiful, creative, loving female force in my daughter’s life.
~Vanessa Topper, parent
Meredith has been such an inspiration! My daughters have developed a love and confidence for writing. Meredith creates a safe and fun environment so each student can truly blossom. Thank you, Meredith!
~Michelle McHugh, parent
I would first like to thank you for making these workshops happen. Hearing the poems my daughters write brings tears to my eyes each week. I cannot lie, I myself have never been presented with the opportunity to write poetry and I have not had the confidence. Each week I have the girls explain the poems they write with you in class and then I write my own. This has opened up a portal inside of me that I didn’t know existed. I am LOVING it. Thank you again for sharing your talent and beautiful energy with them!!
~Lindsay Chinapen, parent
My daughter has developed a strong passion for writing, especially poetry, thanks to Meredith’s enthusiasm, encouragement, and creativity with group discussions and assignments. Meredith has a fun, easy way of instilling confidence in her students so they can write on the spot, without inhibitions, and openly share their work with each other. She’s also a wonderful role model for our daughters, empowering them and teaching them to be kind and true to themselves. My daughter raved about the Hike & Write Adventure. You really put your heart and soul into these workshops and lifting up the girls in countless ways. I love your positive energy, it rubs off on all of us!
~Anne McCadden, parent
My husband and I are so appreciative of the way in which you empower our two girls. I’ve quoted from the “You are Not Delicate” poem to the girls countess times. Thank you for encouraging their writing and growth.
~Sonya DeForrest, parent
Meredith, you are a Muse! Thank you for how you inspire my daughter and help her bring her creativity to life. Her confidence has grown so much since she’s been in your classes.
~Kris Koons, parent
You are such an important part of my daughter’s life. Thank you!
~Danielle Walker, parent