Tradition & Innovation

Holy Words for Troubled Times: Masterclass in Liturgical Poetry

Led by Alden Solovy
Mondays, Nov. 9, Nov. 16, Nov. 23, and Dec. 7, 1:00–2:45p.m. Eastern
$300 for four sessions

In the tradition of the musical masterclass, acclaimed liturgist Alden Solovy invites you to his first Ritualwell masterclass in Jewish liturgical poetry. With a limit of 12 students, each participant will have the opportunity to deepen their own work with a combination of one-on-one coaching with Alden, masterclass reading and workshopping, small group workshopping and sessions on advanced topics in liturgical writing. The emphasis will be on deepening our liturgical responses to societal, intergenerational, political and global issues.

Each session will include: a discussion of an advanced topic in liturgical writing, as well as multiple focused masterclass feedback sessions, a small group workshopping session, and a mid-session break.

The program includes:

•    One half hour of private, one-on-one writing coaching from Alden, to be scheduled individually at a mutually convenient time.
•    In the masterclass workshopping, participants will read works out loud to the group and get direct feedback from Alden. The other students participate in the masterclass workshopping as audience, learning from observing the one-on-one conversation. Each masterclass workshopping session will be approximately 8 to 10 minutes, allowing each participant to present at least two pieces of work during the four sessions.
•    Participants will get feedback from each other in small group breakout sessions.

To apply, complete a registration form, where you will be asked to submit a maximum of three pieces of liturgy, no more than a page each, and a paragraph on what you want to achieve by participation in the class. Applications are now open and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The application deadline is October 15, with final notifications by October 30. Applicants will be considered registered for the class upon payment of the program cost after notification of acceptance.

All sessions will be recorded and available to participants. You may join the session live or watch recordings at your own convenience.


To view our full list of online learning opportunities visit: www.ritualwell.org/learn

Alden Solovy spreads joy and excitement for prayer. A liturgist and poet, his work has been used by people of many faiths throughout the world. He’s written more than 750 pieces of new liturgy, offering a fresh Jewish voice, challenging the boundaries between poetry, meditation, personal growth, storytelling and prayer. He’s a teacher, a writing coach and an award-winning essayist and journalist. Alden is the 2019-2020 Liturgist-in-Residence at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. To read more about Alden and his work, visit his website To Bend Light.

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