SHAPE + COLOR

Creative Writing Coaching For Vibrant Poems

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One On One Coaching with Caits Meissner (that one >)

Often a group workshop experience is not enough to dig into the heart of your own poems and pull them into their best form. Through a highly personalized process, I customize actionable steps that fit your needs and goals, and work closely with poets to develop exercises, practices and guidance on how to create your own personal best writing. Through my extensive teaching experience with adults and youth, I’ve learned how to pull the gem out of an otherwise throw away piece, and how to elevate the high to the mighty. Finding the treasure in a poem is one of my favorite magic acts! Let's take the dive together.

ONLY FOUR SLOTS JULY - SEPT 2014

Scroll below to learn about 6 week, 3 week and one day intensive packages.
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SHAPE+COLOR | 6 WEEK

In the six week intensive model, participants will receive 2-3 hours of intensive coaching/week towards developing a chapbook length (20 pages) body of poems crafted towards the participant's desires, interests and passions.

This includes:


+ One intensive feedback survey to assess participant's needs and desired outcomes.


+ Five personalized writing prompts based on participant feedback.


+ Weekly hour long Skype coaching in which we define the larger picture, edit created work week to week (prompt generated.)


+ Editing of eight pre-written pieces of submitted writing (outside of new prompts.)


+ On-call email engagement throughout the week to discuss and share process, feeling, thoughts, roadblocks.


+ Coaching sessions dedicated to chapbook creation: determining layout, production and promotional methods. This could include a physical chapbook, completed manuscript or blog format, or a body of work ready to be sent to literary journals.

Total hours of engagement: 15-20
Total poems worked on: 13


Total package: $995
Custom payment plans available.


Email to inquire about registration!

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Okay, But Why Should I Work With Caits?

  • You have a trunk full of writing that needs editing, shaping and some direction as to where it lands and lives as a collection.

  • You are nervous about unveiling your work to the world and want support in getting there.

  • You want to dig into your creativity without a group looking over your shoulder, preferring gentle safe sharing and guidance.

  • You haven't written in ages and are looking for a personalized process to get those juices flowing again!

  • You think I'm cool. I think you're cool. Is there a better reason than that?


    Yes, you can be located anywhere in the world that has an Internet connection! Yes, you can be at any stage in your writing journey! Yes, I am silly and kind and smart and goofy and fun and a gentle kick in the ass!


    Snag your spot before they fill...
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Working One On One With Caits Is Like...

"Within 6 months of knowing Caits Meissner, I claimed myself as a writer, read in public for the first time, began studying poetry as a part time joy ride, and wrote 13 pieces under her guidance and sharp eyes that carved breath, life, and depth into my first ever new and coming chapbook.


I am drawn to working with Caits, not only is she committed to her craft, but because she can truly support people in their gifts. (I mean, real people like me who is a little green, cautious and also one who was ready to be daring and always a deep feeler.) Caits' work excites me so much, I put down the last few weeks of my pay of a job that was ending, and asked her to please help me open the door to authentically writing and sharing it with the world. She invited me for 6 weeks to work one on one where we, together, and very intimately revealed writing pieces that otherwise I may have kept hidden.

Her support in the work and outside the work, because let's face it, things are always happening outside the work was undeniably compassionate and just always right on. The gifts I received from the one on ones are final and the pieces that she helped me create are beautiful. I'm proud of who I have become in working with her. She helped nurture me and my place as a writer. I recognize I have a voice. I acknowledge what may be missing in my process and pieces but will keep moving forward. And I am learning that I can be put to work by continual reading and writing in a community of existing poets, creatives, and human spirits and that alone is so worthwhile. She is opened her arms and welcomed me in to the world of community and poetry and I'm not leaving."


- AMY LEE CZADZECK

SHAPE+COLOR | 3 WEEK

In the three week model, participants will receive one hour of intensive coaching per week towards developing a process that can support participants journey in a self-directed writing practice and creating a body of cohesive work, crafted towards the participant's desires, interests and passions.

This includes:

+ One intensive feedback survey to assess participant's needs and desired outcomes.

+ Three personalized writing prompts based on participant feedback.

+ Weekly hour long Skype session in which we:

  • Define the participant's larger picture and goals, dreams and hopes for their writing and creative life.

  • Edit five submitted pre-written poems (outside of new work.)

  • Edit two prompt-generated pieces.

  • Map out a personalized action plan to reach desired goals with step by step instructions, dates and deliverables for writing, publication and sharing work via chapbook, blog or submissions to literary magazine.

Total hours of engagement: 9-12
Total poems worked on: 8

Total package: $495
Custom payment plans available.


Email to inquire about registration!

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SHAPE + COLOR | ONE DAY INTENSIVE

In the one day intensive model, participants will receive 4 hours of intensive coaching towards developing a process that can support participants journey in a self-directed writing practice, crafted towards the participant's desires, interests, topics and passions.

This includes:

+ One intensive feedback survey to assess participant's needs, and desired outcomes.

+ One personalized writing prompt based on feedback to model the process.

+ One 2.5 hour long Skype or in person coaching session in which we:

  • Define the participant's larger picture and goals, dreams and hopes for their writing and creative life

  • Edit three pre-written poems live in the session

  • Engage a specialized writing prompt

  • Map out a cohesive personalized action plan to reach desired goals with step by step instructions, dates and deliverables.

Total hours of engagement: 5
Total poems worked on: 4


Total package: $245
Custom payment plans available.


Email to inquire about registration!

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Who Is Caits, Anyway?

Caits Meissner is an award-winning poet, educator and vibrant creative force dedicated to transformation and healing through storytelling. For over ten years, Caits has extensively facilitated youth and adults in poetry and multi-media expression and healing in schools, prisons and community centers, and has worked long-term instituting innovative arts education programming at cultural institutions such as Tribeca Film Institute, Urban Arts Partnership, The Facing History School and the Lower Eastside Girls Club. Caits’ poetry of witness has been awarded first place prizes from the Pan-African Literary Forum and the Ja’Nai Foundation and she serves as Co-Founder of The Wide Shore global women’s poetry magazine. Currently, Caits consults with organizations and communities to infuse the arts and creativity in team building, leadership training and deliver story-based approaches to healing and growth. Caits serves on the Board of Directors for Filmmakers Without Borders, and on the Advisory Team for the PhotoForward organization, and teaches an online class, Digging Deep, Facing Self – a 30 day online intensive writing course designed to uplift, heal & transform women into their boldest selves.

Visit Caits @ caitsmeissner.com