Join a dedicated community of poets,

and get a high-quality education in the art of writing!

"A gym membership for your muse."

  • Create powerful writing habits that will make you prolific!
  • Practice poetic techniques until you master them!
  • Enjoy the support and safety of a robust creative community!
  • Edit your poems until they are ready to be published!
Subscribe for ONE month to Tier One - Generate New Writing
Subscribe for ONE month to Tier Two - Craft and Editing
Subscribe for ONE month to Tier Three - Private Editing

Want to Live the Writer's Life?

At The Poetry Salon, we are all about helping you achieve that goal. The first hard lesson is that learning to write isn't the same thing as being a writer. Living as a writer is an active process that requires continuous inspiration, education, and feedback. The best thing you can do is join a community of your peers, and once you have it - keep showing up!

Any professional author will tell you that being a writer is about developing ongoing, powerful writing habits. That's hard. It doesn't happen without conscious effort, and it's a rare person who can do it alone. We try and try, then beat ourselves up for falling short.

My Story

Founder Tresha Faye Haefner

For a long time I fought the urge to become a writer because I thought it wasn’t practical. Instead I went to graduate school to become a psychologist, but my need to create wouldn’t go away. I switched to the study of the psychology of creativity while I continued to take creative writing classes “as a hobby.”

By the time I answered the call to write professionally, I was in debt from school and faced with how to pursue my goal. An MFA in writing would run me $25,000 to $70,000. More soul-crushing loans. No thanks.

Instead, I studied in private workshops with amazing poets such as Kim Addonizio, Suzanne Lummis, Matthew Dickman, and others. Short-term classes provided a short-term solution. You pay six or seven hundred dollars, write and learn and then... they end.

EFFECTIVE WRITING HABITS NEVER END!

Tresha Faye Haefner - Founder

About The Poetry Salon Online

I founded The Poetry Salon in LA to provide the value of private classes and MFA programs at a price writers can afford. We ran quarterly eight-week writing sessions for five years, yet many students returned from the break not having written anything since their last class.

We have innovated a structure that provides inspiration, education and ongoing support from skilled faciltators, award-winning writers and a tribe of fellow artists and friends, every week, indefinitely.

People who pursue the arts become happier and healthier if they are nurtured in a safe, supportive environment. We want to help you not only write the best work you have to offer, but also have a positive, rewarding relationship with your creative self. Our classes help you overcome blocks, find your voice, befriend your inner critic, and grow confidence in your talent. 

How it Works

Based on everything we learned as facilitators, my colleagues and I developed a system that is supportive, artistically stimulating, and will help you build consistent, ongoing productivity, and artistic growth. Every class is facilitated by award-winning authors who care about your artistic journey.

Below is the schedule of our Zoom classes. These meetings are there to become a part of your life. Week in and week out we will be here. The schedule is designed to meet anyone's time demands, and you can participate in as many or as few as you need or want. No need to make an appointment or RSVP in advance - just subscribe to the system and link to Zoom when you're ready to write.

Want to show up to all of them? Great. Need to take a month off to travel to Botswana? No need to call in sick; just come back when you're ready. When you sign up you also get access to our most helpful writing lessons, prompts and educational videos, which you can use anytime.

TPS Online members get discounts on our books and ecourses. If you are new to poetry and want a crash course in technique, I recommend looking at our ecourse, How to Think Like a Poet, which walks you through the most fundamental concepts of poetry providing examples from contemporary poets. It will provide you with structured lessons that strengthen and expand your use of language in all forms. This is perfect for beginners or for teachers who want new ideas for their own curriculum.

Member Benefits

We want Poetry Salon membership to be affordable to any writer who wants to develop their craft and improve their writing. Most dedicated private workshops will cost more than two or three hundred dollars every month.

Tiers one and two start with a seven-day free trial.

Tier One - Generate New Writing

$34 per month

$170 for six months

Classes

This tier consists of four 90-minute writing sessions per week where you'll write for 20-30 minutes on a unique prompt. Then you'll be invited to share what you wrote. Sharing is encouraged, but never mandatory. We do not critique, but we often give props and positive feedback!

Prompts and Lessons

You get access to 60 poetry prompts from our book, Method and Mystery, plus new prompts to help you master basic writing concepts at every class.

Additional Discounts

All subscribing members get discounts on workshops with guest writers, and any other books, ecourses, and services from The Poetry Salon.

Tier Two - Craft and Editing

$89 per month

$445 for six months

Classes

In addition to all the benefits of tier one, tier two has access to three two-hour editing and feedback classes per week where you get specific feedback on writing you bring in. The instructor and participants assess what is working, and offer ideas for how to further develop your craft. You'll learn techniques for self-editing, giving supportive, sound feedback, and even submission tips. 

You also get two 3-hour craft classes a month focused on using elements of poetic craft in new and innovative ways. Topics include metaphor, imagery, persona poems, etc.

Prompts and Lessons

Receive our "advanced" curriculum - a book-length set of discussions and sample poems that have helped writers more fully understand poetry and improve their writing, getting it ready for publication and in some cases for winning literary awards! 

Additional Discounts

All subscribing members get discounts on workshops with guest writers, and any other books, ecourses, and services from The Poetry Salon.

Tier Three - Private Editing

$144 per month

$720 for six months

Classes

In addition to all the services of tiers one and two, in tier three you get one-on-one feedback from an instructor. You'll choose four poems a month and work with us via email. Receive comments, tips for refinement, and proofreading before you send those poems out for publication. 

You'll also receive a one-hour call every month to further discuss poems, editing strategies, and your artistic progress. This is a great track for those actively seeking publication! 

Prompts and Lessons

Get full access to workshops with guest writers, and any other books and services from The Poetry Salon.

Additional Discounts

All subscribing members get discounts on workshops with guest writers, and any other books, ecourses, and services from The Poetry Salon.

About the Teacher

Tresha Faye Haefner

Tresha Faye Haefner is a writer, workshop facilitator, and founder of The Poetry Salon, Los Angeles . Tresha spent ten years teaching in private schools, before earning an M.A. Degree with a specialization in creativity studies, from Saybrook University. She has been a teacher at California Poets in the Schools and was a grant recipient from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Artist-In-Residence program. Tresha’s work has been published in journals such as BloodLotus, The Cincinnati Review, Fourth River, Pirene’s Fountain, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, and Rattle. She is the recipient of the 2011 Robert and Adele Schiff Poetry Prize, the 2011 Alien Sloth Sex Award, a 2015 and 2020 Pushcart nominee, and author of chapbooks, The Lone Breakable Night and Take This Longing from Finishing Line Press.

Also Try Our Self-Paced Video Ecourse

How to Think Like a Poet

Our ecourse is nine units of poetry craft instruction designed to help you develop a mindset of poetic language and expression. Sign up to grow a perspective of beauty and meaning in your life, approaching the world around you with enhanced consciousness and expanded expression.