Advanced Poetry Workshop description


So you’re working on a manuscript…

With a beautiful balance of craft and critique, this workshop group will be comprised of a maximum of ten students working on a full-length poetry manuscript. With a focus on revision, and providing effective bi-weekly workshops, students will participate in lectures and discussions in a private Slack Workspace and face to face meetings via Zoom. At the end of this course you will have an entire poetry manuscript with steps/tools for revision and polishing. You will also have catered publishing advice to help you get your manuscript into the right hands.

Is this workshop right for you?
In addition to your application, you’ll need to meet the following prerequisites:

  • have a complete draft ready to workshop-5 pages at a time (or enough poems to work with to eventually compile a full manuscript)

  • experience in workshopping/critique

  • willingness and ability to give constructive feedback on other folks’ work (this is essential to the workshop format and will only enhance your work and skill as a writer).

Please note that not everyone who applies will be guaranteed a spot. The key to effective workshop: making sure I select folks who share the same goals and who understand and recognize what it takes to give and receive helpful and honest feedback. I am also looking to shape the group by making sure I select folks whom I think will work well together and be able to help each other inside and outside of workshop. If you have questions about this, please feel free to get in touch. People of colour are strongly encouraged to apply.

Bi-weekly Workshops for fall 2020 start in October

Bi-weekly Workshops for spring 2020 start in April

Tuition: $1250 (payment plans available)

If your application is successful you will be asked to submit via email 10 pages from your poetry manuscript.

In addition to three guest lecturers presenting on grants, publishing, and craft, I will include lectures on:

  • Workshop etiquette, structure, and goal setting

  • Music, Cadence, Rhythm

  • Community

  • Revision techniques

  • Digging for gold

  • bracketing/scaffolding

  • The Power of The Personal

  • Ripping Stitches: Breaking Form

  • Quick & Dirty Publishing 1

  • Lit mags vs Books

  • Quick & Dirty Publishing 2:

  • The Pitch: Why you and why now?

  • Quick & Dirty Publishing 3

  • Publisher Research: Who do you want to rep your work?

  • Final Portfolio Prep

  • One on One meetings

  • Final Online Q&A

Accepting Applications for spring and fall 2020

applications open year-round