ONSITE: Traveling the Path of Dreams: Dream as Poetic Mode (only offered twice a year)

Dream is a language that is already deeply metaphorical. Discover how to harness these sorts of images in order to create poems alive in their sense of wonder. Students will spend time working on the dream logic of their own work after investigating and inhabiting the dream poems of other poets.

Special Notes

  • Students are required to bring to class a writing utensil and some form of paper. If there is a need or want for digital writing, they can bring their laptops or tablets, or what have you. Class time will focus on discussion of shared readings and our creative process. We will try to make time for writing exercises during class time, but students who wish to produce completed drafts should expect to continue writing outside of the scheduled class time. Students may want to plan for additional reading outside of class time, but it will not be a requirement. All materials will be provided, but some students may choose to bring a notebook and/or favorite writing instrument.

    This class does not meet on 7/4.

    Instructor speaks Japanese, but class will be held in English.

    Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.

    This is an On-site course. Students must follow current Covid-19 protocols, as outlined on our website. For more info visit On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program: if interested please visit

About the Instructor

Emily Okamoto-Green

Emily Okamoto-Green is a half-Japanese essayist, poet, and animal lover. Originally from Shizuoka-ken, Japan's green tea capital, her family relocated to Richmond, VA in 1998. A 2018 Graduate of George Mason University’s Honors and English Honors College, she graduated from GMU again in 2021 with her MFA in Poetry. Her accolades include the Virginia Downs Poetry Award, the Joseph Lohman III Poetry Prize, The Alan Cheuse International Writers Center 2020 fellowship, YesPoetry Magazine’s Poet of the Month, and inaugural winner of the Berkey Essay Contest. Her life highlights include Arthur Sze once saying her poem had a sense of wonder, bowing on stage at Carnegie Hall as a teenaged poet, and any time a cat or dog has come up to her without her first initiating the interaction. Emily tries to spend as much time as possible with her feet in the Atlantic or dreaming of them in the Pacific once more. She currently serves as the Writer in Residence for the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.

Instagram: @emi.dori

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ONSITE: Traveling the Path of Dreams: Dream as Poetic Mode (only offered twice a year)

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Class Details
June 20 - August 16 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Day: Tue
Tuition: $115.00
Member Tuition: $103.50
Additional fees apply
Level: All Levels