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COMMUNITY
LITERATURE
INITIATIVE

Email: Communitylitla@gmail.com​

Phone: 323-815-9365  

The Poetry Class

The Poetry Class is a literature/writing class taught at USC, but open to the public. Every week, Professor Hiram Sims will teach you a lesson on a literary device that governing all forms of poetry. Lessons include video and audio from national and local poets. Each lesson is followed by an open writing session, and an opportunity for student recitation. Each lesson concludes with a guest lecture from a Los Angeles poet reading from their published work, followed by a book signing.  College credit is also available to students who finish the course. All students will have their published in our annual anthology. This class is focused on fostering an environment that encourages and supports writing, and spreads knowledge about the significance of our literary heritage. Tuition supports all CLI literary programs, with a special emphasis on helping The Living Writers Series High School Book Donation Program.

Location: Classes will take place at USC, Kaprelian Hall 

Start Date: October 3rd

Class Time: Thursdays, 6-8pm 

Tuition $190 monthly

Teacher Bio: Born and raised in various parts of South Los Angeles, Hiram Sims is a poet, author and Creative Writing professor teaching at The Los Angeles Film School, and here with The Community Literature Initiative at USC. He graduated from University of Southern California and received a B.A. in English: Creative Writing and a Masters of Professional Writing. He has published three collections of poetry, including Poems of a Young, Troubled Mind (2007), Write or Die: An Anthology of Poetry from the Urban Poet's Workshop (2008), and PHOTOETRY: Poetry and Photography from South Central (2013). In 2015 he published These Pages Speak, the first YouTube Creative Writing textbook where all printed samples in the textbook can be found on Youtube in the author's own voice. He is also incredibly handsome.

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