Poetry workshop requires no writing experience  

Space is still available for the writing workshop hosted by Plumas Arts and supported in part with funding from Poets & Writers Inc., to be held Sunday, Sept. 15.

Titled “There’s A Poet Inside You” and presented by Jeanne Rana, the workshop will guide participants to access their creative, imaginative self and requires no previous writing experience.

Rana’s premise is that “each of us has all the raw materials we need: Our thoughts, memories, loves and hatreds and our words.”

The morning session, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will consist of reading and discussing poems. Bring a favorite poem to share. The afternoon session, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., will involve writing poems using various forms including “the elegant dekaaz, the tricky triolet, and the rhythmic pantoum. Surprise and delight yourself with at least two poems by the end of the day.”


Rana is the author of three chap books, and has been published in Paterson Literary Review, Earth’s Daughters and Fresh Rain. Her poems have appeared in The Marin Poetry Center Anthology for the last three years.

Jeanne and her husband Kiran Rana run a Sufi center in Alameda. She is also a member of a theater company for seniors and sings in the choir at First Unitarian Church of Oakland.

In January 2018 they became owners of Ada’s Place in Quincy. Rana’s daughter, singer/songwriter Corinne West, has lived in Quincy off and on since 1990. She is currently the innkeeper at Ada’s Place.

Additionally, writers will have a chance to share their poems at the open mic at Quincy’s Words & Music on Oct. 10, when Jeanne Rana is the featured artist.

The Plumas Arts Gallery is located at 525 Main St. in Quincy. The workshop fee is $25 or $20 for Plumas Arts members. Workshop size will be limited to maximize the quality of personal interaction. Call Plumas Arts at 283-3402 or email [email protected] to register.