Community Poetry Circles

Through her popular drop-in COMMUNITY POETRY CIRCLES, Magdalena can help you find your inner muse. Enjoy the freedom and spontaneity in a fun and supportive setting as you are led to a poetry writing idea that will help you uncover your poem. You can attend these workshops through the Santa Cruz, Watsonville or Campbell Public Library systems. These free events are sponsored by the Friends of the Library and are open to all ages and levels of poets.

“Magdalena’s workshops offer a friendly, inviting atmosphere. Writers are able to receive feedback, encouragement, and become connected to other writers in the community by attending. Her workshops have inspired me to continue writing and to nurture my creativity. They are truly something to look forward to.”—Jessica Markham


Magdalena has been a poet-teacher with California Poets in the Schools for over a decade and has been a teaching artist through the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County’s SPECTRA program. Magdalena is available to visit classrooms for a single workshop or a series of sessions.

“The students and I really enjoyed your workshop–it was mentioned several times as one of their favorite activities this semester.”– Kathleen Emery, Seventh Grade Teacher, Ceiba Charter School, Watsonville

Poetry in the Workplace Workshop

If you are looking for a unique and truly rewarding team building experience, schedule a Poetry In the Workplace session with Magdalena. Let the tried and tested format of a poetry writing workshop empower those in your workplace with creativity and flow. Participants will learn writing and collaborative skills that translate to higher energy and performance in their place of employment. Perhaps most important, poetry levels the playing field so that the team is energized to do their best work in the highest spirit of service.

“Magdalena’s circles provide a level of intimacy and authenticity you don’t get in your daily interactions with people.  It is both nurturing and rejuvenating. A stunning wordsmith in her own right, Magdalena supports you in owning your own story, as well as believing your own story is worth telling.”  — Pamela Papas

Manuscript Editing and Book Coaching

Working on a book? Essay? Series of poems? Let Magdalena guide you either one-on-one with a coaching session or via email exchanges. Magdalena has helped several books into being and has been working as an editor for over a decade. You can also choose to attend one of the free REVISIONING workshops offered through the Santa Cruz Public Library system where you can bring a poem that you are working on and receive on-the-spot critique and encouragement in a safe and supportive group setting.

“Magdalena has been a consistent source of inspiration and encouragement. Before going to her workshops, I didn’t allow myself to write a single sentence without my internal editor chewing it to pieces. Magdalena encouraged me to trust the voice that wants to express itself on the page. “—Emily Bording

Tutoring in English Language Arts

Magdalena has worked with students of all ages, disciplines and language skills. Call her for a free consultation. Student Poems

“As a visual artist, I did not know I had the skills to write poems. Poetry group provided a safe place to learn these skills.” —Rodney Warren

Words of Love
Wedding Vows, Love Poems, Ceremonies & Thank-You Notes

Let poetry into your wedding! You’ve booked the perfect location, selected your favorite flowers and found your dream dress. Now it’s time to think about the wedding ceremony. Magdalena can help you craft just the right words you want to say to your beloved on your wedding day, based on your personality and style. With intuition and perception, Magdalena can help you find the right poem, or create one yourself.