You Can Write Poetry: Journaling Your Way to the Poem will be taught by noted island poet Lorraine Walker Williams at BIG ARTS beginning Jan. 7.

The activity-based class will be from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on each Wednesday in January. It will be repeated in February and March.

The class is designed to stimulate creativity in multi-media ways to initiate ideas for poems, generate ways of approaching poetry and help students create original poetry. It is for beginning and intermediate poets and for anyone with a desire to write.

Lorraine Walker Williams is author of Split Poems (Kelsay Books 2014) Fire in the Grass, Paradise Found, and Near Water and creator of ArtPoems, a collaboration among poets and artists on the islands. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice. She has read and recorded her work at the Library of Congress. She has been named Literary Artist of the Year and received first prize awards from Gulf Coast Coast Writers, National League of American Pen Women and Artists Embassy International. She writes an online column, “Poetry Place” for Her website is:

Students are asked to bring a pen and a journal. For more information or to enroll, contact BIG ARTS at 239-395-0900 or