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from my poetry students:

“I loved the level of talent we have in the group, being a part of it was gratifying and satisfying. I loved discussing the poems as I learned so much. I’m beginning to find revision interesting and exciting rather than wanting to avoid it. I believe there is a much more clear voice happening in my work.”

“I was delighted at Max’s bottomless insight into the nature of poetry and into describing the process of writing poetry, how Max could combine complexity and simplicity concomitantly in her explanations.”

“Max, I have great admiration and respect for how you lead—and gently instruct—the group of us. You create an environment of quietude and trust. You enable us to be confident with our creations and help us make and hear comments from others in a caring way.”

“If you are serious about writing but find it difficult sometimes, this workshop is very encouraging. If you want to share with other ‘emerging’ poets in a supportive setting, take this workshop.”

“I REALLY loved it and found it very useful.”

“It broke me out of my rut to try writing in styles I would have never done on my own.”

“Max is a great teacher, incredibly articulate and knowledgeable.”

“I looked forward to class every week. It was a wonderful retreat from daily life where I could submerge myself into the warm waters of creativity and evoke the poetic muse. It was in intimate and safe setting to simultaneously be creative, challenged, and inspired. …nothing better to get your writing going, or keep it rolling. It was a totally comfortable and completely worthwhile experience.”

"Maxima's writing exercises helped me to open up to the rhythm of my own poetic heart, and to reveal it in a nurturing workshop environment. I highly recommend this workshop to all writers!"

“Poetry is an adventure with Max’s style of teaching. Nothing pedantic or textbook-like. Rather, a chance to dive in and explore a new facet of poetry every session, be it metaphor, emotion or viewpoint. …a springboard for new discoveries and a way to open up and envision wider horizons.”


 “I really appreciated the poetry class. I learned a lot on many levels, both about the art and craft, and within myself as a writer. I feel like  I gathered strength, and some confidence.  I loved listening to others poems, learning about the craft, the hows, hearing your perspectives/experience, and sitting amongst poet peers!”

“It has been so long since I have been focused on writing anything that I wasn't sure if taking a class would help. Thankfully, joining your poetry writing class has been both educational and inspirational. You and my fellow classmates have inspired me to get going on expressing myself through poems and stories. You are a delight and a fine teacher of the art. I look forward with joy at taking more of your classes and meeting other aspirants. “

“Our poetry workshop was exactly what I hoped for. It had the encouragement to write for a supportive audience combined with more specific, constructive feedback. I really benefited from a workshop that taught the craft of poetry. I appreciate that your own suggestions for revisions were so candid yet supportive.”

“Max articulates her thoughts clearly and is an exceptionally good listener. She provides a safe and comfortable environment for learning. When students share their writing in class, she offers constructive and insightful responses. As a participant, I felt a great sense of freedom and engagement.”

“Max set an engendering tone to the proceedings.  I always felt comfortable during the workshopping because of Max’s deft skills at keeping the discussions in a positive vein.”

“…a wonderful, uplifting, creative environment that helped me grow as a writer.  I learned things that I never knew existed about writing a poem.  I look forward to the next writing adventure with you.”










Convocation of Poets:

Poets need the community of other writers to thrive and grow as artists. 

This ongoing poets group will keep you writing, developing your craft, conversing with other poets, being inspired, and appreciating the poetry of life all around you.

If you'd love to:

Writers group meeting

Be writing poems that you are excited about

Learn secrets of revision so that your poems shine

Discover tools of the poets' art that open new creative possibilities

Revel in the play of words and the magic of language

Enjoy an ongoing, sustainable writing practice

Express yourself so others are moved and inspired

Be a part of a creative community of other writers

Then, now is the time to join us!

We only open the group once every six months to new members.

New cycle starts March 18. Register by March 13.

Meets Wednesdays 3:00-5:30 pm in Grass Valley. 


More About the Magic of the Convocation of Poets:

Dive into writing, reading and living poetry as an art and a way of life and see how it lights up your whole life.

journal and penDevelop your unique poetic voice, blossoming as a writer, and exploring new forms, styles and aspects of the art and craft of writing well.

Sustain your inspiration, discovering a wealth of poetic possibilities, and learning how to support an ongoing creative life.

Be a part of a creative community of other wonderful poets and people, where you can share your inspirations and challenges, and thrive together.

The Convocation of Poets provides a sustained community and a delicious adventure into the art and craft of poetry. The group gives you an opportunity to make poetry a part of your daily life in a rich way, while allowing time for your other pursuits and passions.

Part of the way that artists thrive is through community with other artists. It is an essential component to an inspired creative life. This Convocation creates that community through an ongoing group that meets once every two weeks to enjoy the varied world of poetry and to support each others’ poetic aspirations. Through our time together, a deepening trust and understanding evolves to support one another’s unique visions, voices and needs.

Remarkable writing and creative friendships result.


Regular sessions, once every 2 weeks
for 2.5 hours, Wednesdays 3:00 – 5:30 pm for five months, March-July, a total of 10 sessions. Space is limited to 8, so you gets lots of individual attention.

During our sessions, we:

• Discuss your poems-in-progress. The group’s helpful feedback and suggestions are structured to encourage you to keep writing, exploring and honing your craft.

Book releasing butterflies• Learn aspects of the art and craft of poetry, such as metaphor, line breaks, vivid imagery, persona and more. We sometimes use engaging writing exercises in class to deepen new skills, draw forth your authentic voice and help you access your innate inspiration.

Explore practical tools to sustain your creative life and realize your writing aspirations.

Inspiring homeplay includes:

 • An optional poem prompt to help you to explore new poetic terrain and write new poems,

• Practices and playful exercises to deepen your engagement with the vast world of poetry,

• Suggested reading of a handful of poems in Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times. Although it is out of print, you can purchase this wonderful anthology from Powells.com.


You also get:

Have a poem buddy between sessions that you check in with to give you support to keep writing and an opportunity to develop friendships further.

A celebratory evening reading to share our finished poems and celebrate our accomplishments.


Dates & Times: Wednesdays 3:00 – 5:30 pm in Grass Valley.   10 sessions over 5 months.

{We take August off, then commence a new cycle in September.}

March 18                                        

April 1, 15 & 29                     

May 13 & 27                                       

June 10 & 24                                       

July 8 & 22

NOTE: Sometimes I have to reschedule one date for an alternate week. It’s best to keep your Wednesday afternoons open in case of this possibility.

Reading/Celebration Night: TBA

Join us for an inspiring experience of poetry and being together!

Exchange: $390 for the 5-month cycle.

May be paid in two quarterly installments of $195 each.

Agreement: You are making a five-month commitment to the group. You are responsible for paying for the full time, regardless of whether you attend. There is no pro-rating of price for classes that you miss.


Woman expressing joy***How to be a part of it:

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About Maxima Kahn

Maxima Kahn lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in Northern California. A writer, dancer and musician, Maxima has studied creativity and the creative process extensively for over 25 years. She brings to her teaching a unique blend of many profound, contemporary, transformational practices and her devotion to the creative path, combined with an ancient, practical, wisdom-based perspective, learned as a student of a initiated shaman of the Huichol tradition of Mexico.

Her popular courses in creative writing, creative dance and the creative process, including The Artist’s Way, have helped hundreds of people to free themselves from creative blocks and inhibitions and follow the life of their dreams. She also works with bold, spirited people individually and in groups, giving them the tools and steps to listen to their own heart’s guidance and co-create with Life to actually have their heart-felt dreams come true. 

A writer of poetry, fiction and essays, her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Westview, Eclipse, Borderlands, The Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Poem, Rattlesnake Review, Hardpan, Leftview, Spillway, the Nevada County Poetry Series Anthology, and elsewhere. She is a featured reader at literary events and formerly taught creative writing at the University of California, Davis Extension. 

Maxima is an award-winning composer and an avant-garde violinist, having performed with such groups as the Relentless Compassion Orchestra, the Tiny Monsters, and Sawbones. As a dancer, her primary love is Contact Improvisation, which she taught for many years. She brings this deep body-intelligence and awareness to all of her teaching. 

Maxima believes we each come to this life with unique gifts we are here to share and that the world needs. In the giving of these gifts, we find a life that is rich, joyful and deeply fulfilling. Maxima calls these gifts “your unique brilliance.” She helps her students to find and cultivate these gifts in ways that bring them the greatest joy and meaning.