Ben Yisrael: Poetry as Alchemy

Four live workshops led by Ben Yisrael, founder and curator at Alchemy Poetry Series in Seattle, starting on August 11. Includes a private course group and access to the Awful Good Writers campus.

This course includes:

  • Weekly 90-minute live writing sessions, shares, and discourses led by Ben.
  • Q&A with Ben to review each session.
  • An opportunity for writing and performance coaching and feedback.
  • Private discussion group for questions, sharing, and feedback with fellow participants during the week.

1% of the total revenue from this course will go to Healthy King County County Coalition. Find out more about King County Coalition and why Ben has chosen to spotlight this organization here:

Course details:

• Sundays
• July 18, July 25, August 1, August 8
• 11:00 AM PST


Flyer for Ben Yisrael's Summer 2021 Awful Good Writers course

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Spells to create transformative poems

Alchemy, the ancient craft in which practitioners transform something of little worth into gold, is comparable to the craft of writing. This workshop is designed to activate the human imagination and invites participants to transform how they view and practice language.

This series begins by exploring writing technology and equips writers with the spells to create transformative poems that build human connections through vulnerability.

In this course, students can expect to develop an idea into a complete poem, explore the craft of editing, and learn how to use a poem as a tool for personal transformation.

    About the Instructor

    Ben Yisrael is a performance poet, storyteller, and writer. Among his performance accomplishments are the 2010 Dallas Poetry Grind Slam Champion, the 2012 Individual World Poetry Slam 17th ranked poet, the 2014 NPS Haiku Champion, and 2017 & 2019 Seattle Poetry Slam Grand Slam Champion. He is the co-founder of Mic Check, one of the longest-running poetry readings in Texas, and is a founder and curator at Alchemy Poetry Series in Seattle, WA.