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

Creativity Blast Team Building Program

If you are looking for a unique and truly rewarding team building experience, schedule a Creativity Blast session. 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

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


Magdalena has been a poet-teacher with California Poets in the Schools for over a decade, and serves frequently as an editor for the annual anthology of student poems. She is a teaching artist through the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County’s SPECTRA program and is the area coordinator for California Poets in the Schools. You can view her SPECTRA profile through their teaching artist directory. 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.

Manuscript Editing and Book Coaching

Working on a book? Essays? Series of poems? Let Magdalena guide you either on-on-one with coaching and/or follow-up sessions or via e-mail exchanges. Working as an editor for over a decade, Magdalena has helped several books into being — both poetry and nonfiction, recently including Journey of One, by Jenifer Marie (River Sanctuary Publishing); Of Magic Born, Intuitive Pendulum Healing, by Joan Staffen (Red Wheel/Weiser Publishing); and A Place Where Clouds Are Flowing, by H.J. Lee (Finishing Line Press). Her students’ poems have been published in Caesura, The Catamaran Literary Reader, The Monterey Bay Poetry Review, and Cabrillo College’s Porter Gulch Review.

“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

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.