I love writing instant poems for people. (I’ve done over 10,000 of them!)

Just as much, I love sharing what I’ve learned about poems — in workshops, school visits, and crazy stage shows.

“I learned so much!  Thanks for sharing your passion for poetry and all of the tips.  I am feeling quite poetic … and a wee bit more confident.”

Emma Virjan, children’s author, Austin Public Library workshop participant

“This was so good! Feeling inspired. ❤”

Laurie Thompson, children’s author, Seattle SCBWI presentation attendee

“Sean’s welcoming and enthusiastic teaching style made everyone feel at ease and even eager to try their hand at poetry writing.

And letting us bang away on typewriters offered something extra special to help get those words on the page.

Initial words are not always the best words.
But their appearance on the page
Brings an author some relief and hope.
First responders in the world of writing.”

Mary Ann & Katie Sternberg, Austin Public Library workshop attendees

“Gave me the skills to do instant poetry. Also the courage to just go for it and write!”

attendee, Austin Bat Cave poetry intensive

“Exceptional. So much fun, and accessible!”

attendee, City of Austin “found poetry” workshop

“Very well-focused and engaging. Sean did a great job instructing us through the 2-day course and his easy fun approach was quite the unexpected treat.”

David Torres, Austin Bat Cave poetry intensive attendee


  • tackling writer’s block
  • starting — and finishing — a poem
  • tips for metaphor, rhyme, & humor
  • writing for strangers
  • using typewriters!


Austin SCBWI Conference, May 18

Kari Anne Holt and I show how instant poetry can help tackle writer’s block and do all sorts of super-powery stuff.

Dallas Festival of Books & Ideas, June 1

Workshop and poem-crafting with Typewriter Rodeo, at the inspiring Dallas Museum of Art. (workshop 1:15-2:00, poems 2:15-4:45)

Austin Badgerdog Summer Writing Camp, June 17-28

A two-week creative journey — with every camper getting to perform and publish their own work. (grades 5-6)

Austin Library “Just For Teens” MasterClass, June 20

Instant poetry presentation and mini-workshop. (ages 13-18)

West Seattle SummerFest, July 12-14

Come get a poem at this sun-drenched street fair with a view!

Sun Valley Writers Conference, July 20-22

Poem-slinging with Typewriter Rodeo, nestled among writers and other natural wonders in Sun Valley, Idaho.



Austin Bat Cave book release

poem-typing with a delightful appearance by Naomi Shihab Nye!

“An Evening With Lynzy Lab

first-ever Typewriter Rodeo stage show!

East Austin Found Poetry Workshop

creating found poetry for a City of Austin guidebook

Austin Bat Cave Poetry Intensive

with hands-on typewriters for all!

Austin Public Library Instant Poems Workshop