Chibbi: Demystifying Editing – The Voice You Didn’t Know You Had

Four live workshops led by Chibbi, a founding member of Write About Now, starting on July 18. Includes a private course group and access to the Awful Good Writers campus. 

Course includes:

  • Weekly 90-minute live writing sessions, shares, and discourses led by Chibbi.
  • Q&A with Chibbi 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.

Course details:

• Sundays
• July 18, July 25, August 1, August 8
• 3:00 PM PST


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What are you really trying to say?

Beyond generation, the real writing happens in the editing process. Depending on who you ask, editing can be a writers favorite or most anxious part of creating work. Editing is about discovery: what does the poem want to be and what are you really trying to say? A lot of editing is getting out of your own way to let the poem become its truest self and discovering a voice you never knew you had.

This course aims at pulling back the veil on revision and giving writers tangible practices that they can put in place to edit their own work and elevate their craft. Over the course of 4 sessions we will create new work, edit for content, edit for form, group workshop the piece, and culminate with a finished product writers can look back at and pinpoint the its evolution.

Writers will walk away with practical tools and exercises they can implement with any poem they have already written or will produce in the future, as well as gain a community of writers they can always look to for feedback and inspiration.

Expect to walk away with:

  • A newly developed poem from start to finish
  • Practical tools and exercise to revise any poem and get to the heart of its meaning
  • Different angles at which to approach the editing process
  • Knowledge of form, how to use it to a poem’s advantage, how to use it as an exercise for discovery, and when to break the rules
  • Direct feedback from the instructor and fellow workshop attendees
  • A community of writers with whom a relationship can continue outside the workshop for further development of their work

About the Instructor

Chibbi is a Mexican-born, Texas-rasied poet, actor, and spoken word artist. Having been performing poetry since 2006, he is the founder of Laredo BorderSlam, a founding member of Write About Now, and the Executive Director and co-host of the Words and Shit virtual talk show and podcast. He has 2 books of poetry; his latest OTRO/PATRIA, a journey through the intersections of identity, was released in the summer of 2019.

He was also the co-editor of the anthology Contra: Texas Poets Speak Out (Flowersong Press, 2020), a collection of almost 70 poems responding to the political and social climate of the Trump administration. His work primarily deals with the exploration of identity and culture, his experiences as both Queer and Latino, and fighting for the validity of existence.

He has been featured in the Houston LGBTQIA magazine OutSmart, the 2017 Anthology Best Emerging Poets in Texas, the 2020 Latino Book Review Magazine, Defunkt Magazine, The Journal of Latina Critical Feminism, We Are Mitu, George Takei, SlamFind, Poetry Slam Inc, Button Poetry, and Write About Now. He has traveled the country performing his spoken word set, featuring at such places like Kingsborough College in Brooklyn, NY, The Aloha Poetry Festival in Honolulu, HI, and Button Poetry presents Storytellers in Miami, FL.

He is a two time San Antonio Poetry Slam Champion, and coached and performed with the 2017 PuroSlam team, winning 3rd place at the National Poetry Slam Group Piece Competition.