Online Poetry Workshops

Inviting the Muse: Poetry 101

September 25-November 20, The Loft Online
Are you ready to write? Do you crave a small community of supportive, focused writers; or do you simply want to generate new poems?
This eight-week, generative class will show you how to invite the muse! Designed for beginning writers curious about the ways in which poets generate new works, our emphasis will be on writing new material through weekly writing activities. Each of these nourishing prompts will help us quiet the inner critic and surprise ourselves by writing past our self-inflicted boundaries.
Because discussions about poetry and the creative process inspire us to improve our own work, each week we will also read and discuss a variety of contemporary poems while examining various craft elements like the line break, the stanza and the image.
Participants will get the chance to post their writing weekly, if they choose. There will be no pressure either way, though we will focus solely on encouraging feedback, as we understand these are all brand new, experimental pieces! Register here.

The Unsaid: Absence as Form

August 5-September 1, The Poetry Barn Online
As an instrument must have a resonating chamber in order to a sing, a poem, too, depends on empty space. “In a field, I am the absence of field,” wrote Mark Strand, speaking of his presence as disturbance, as rupture. The absence of one element can amplify the meaning of another.
In this four-week online workshop,, we will explore absence in poetry, from ellipsis to erasure. We will write poems with blank space through which implication and meaning will resonate, using the void (like a voice) to pronounce and echo. Turning to poets like Layli Longsoldier, Camille Rankine, Chase Berrgum, and even Sappho—all masters of the unsaid—we will explore ways absence is much more than a lack.
By allowing ourselves to suspend logic, narrative, and even syntax in favor of lyric and gesture, we will open up resonating chambers, allowing our poems to sing through what’s missing, making our poems whole. Register here.

Future Workshops

Everyday Magic: Domestic Fabulism in Verse, The Poetry Barn, November 2019

Past Workshops

A Celebration of A Poetry Handbook, The Loft, July 2019
Writing Poetry in the Age of Anxiety, The Loft, April 2019
Distilling Wonder: The Poetry Chapbook, The Poetry Barn, March 2019
New Poems from Good Bones: Radical Revision Techniques, the Poetry Barn, January 2019
Speculative Poetry: Writing Past the Apocalypse, The Poetry Barn, November 2018
Everyday Magic: Domestic Fabulism in Verse, The Poetry Barn, September 2018
The Contemporary Ode, The Poetry Barn, July 2018
Transformation Through Revision, The Loft, Fall 2017
Everyday Magic: Domestic Fabulism in Verse, The Poetry Barn, August 2017
Ekphrastic Poetry, The Poetry Barn, 2017