As a teacher Claudia is most excited about fostering discovery and confidence in her students. Her great joy is watching an exercise or discussion bring about revelation that will deepen a student’s artistic practice, and, in turn, his or her life.

In her classes she creates a safe, inspiring environment where questioning and experimenting are the norm. She came to poetry in her late teens after training as a serious pianist and cellist throughout childhood and growing up with a painter mother in NYC. She adores teaching writers who began their lives in other artistic disciplines and helping them see how those skills can serve them in their pursuit of writing.

In every class, she exposes students to as many styles and ideas as possible so that they may discover their own echoes in the art form.

Her goal is always to celebrate and support the individual voice of each writer while offering ways to reach greater depth, breadth, and intensity. There is no greater gift for a teacher than to see her students join the larger artistic conversation and realize how creation can add to every aspect of a person’s life.

A Poet’s Rhythm

January 28–March 18, 2018--ON SALE NOW

8 glorious weeks. 3 in-person meetings to generate work and commune. Weekly online readings and assignments to keep momentum. Ongoing online discussions to give you insights into your writing and further your practice. A final reading salon to celebrate your creativity and inspire you to continue.

September 10, 2017–December 10, 2017 (fall session)--SOLD OUT

Deepen your writing practice with a dedicated, consistent poetic community. Combination in-person and online workshop that changes each season and allows you to experiment and play while being supported in your creative pursuit.


The Poetry of Personal Essay

October 12–November 2, 2017 
Come learn how to use poetic methods to write more compelling personal essays.


Work with Claudia One-on-One

Claudia takes on a limited number of private students for writing consultations each year.


Claudia F. Savage is one-half of the performance duo and creative consultancy Thick in the Throat, Honey. She also co-runs the forthcoming music-poetry label Thrum Recordings. Originally from Queens, New York, Claudia spent equal years in the wilds of North Carolina and Colorado (where she got her M.A. in Asian Literature and Women’s Studies) before landing in Portland, Oregon. As a poet she thrives on interdisciplinary collaboration and experiment and work that marries the sensuous with the intellect. Of her poems, it has been said that they reveal, “eros properly seen is a force as monumental as continental drift…” – Dan Beachy-Quick.

Her collaboration reductions, about motherhood and ephemerality, with Detroit artist Jacklyn Brickman, will be exhibited in 2018 in Chicago. Her poems, essays, and interviews have been published widely, most recently in Water-Stone Review, Nimrod, BOMB, Denver Quarterly, Columbia, Forklift, Ohio, Cordella, and Drunken Boat/Anomaly, where she interviews Arab-American poets for her series, “Witness the Hour.”

She's the author of Bruising Continents (Spuyten Duyvil), The Last One Eaten: A Maligned Vegetable's History, and, with three other poets, The Hour of Anjali. She’s garnered awards from Jentel, Ucross, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, and RACC and lives with her husband and daughter. Find her also at Claudia F. Savage.

Cancellation Policy

Taking a workshop with Savage Writers is an investment in your artistic life and makes you a part of a lively, committed community that benefits from your participation and dedication. As such, the following cancellation policies apply:

  • If you cancel three (3) weeks or more before the workshop start date, your full workshop tuition minus $100 will be refunded.
  • Within two (2) weeks no refund will be granted. Additionally, no refunds will be granted once workshops have commenced.