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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)
  • 5 Weeks

Jumpstart Your Poetry

No Longer Enrolling

  • $330.00 Non-Member
  • $305.00 Member

Class Description

This course is an opportunity to jumpstart your poetry writing, discover a new community of writers, expand your portfolio, and polish a manuscript. While reading established and canonical poets such as Sylvia Plath, WB Yeats, and Frank O'Hara as well as experimental contemporary poets such as Mebvh McGuckian, Eleni Sikelianos, and Anne Carson, students will respond to a variety of prompts and in-class writing activities to bolster their poetic imagination and explore their linguistic reflexes.

Each class session will be spent on a short discussion of a celebrated poet followed by an intense workshop of student work. Students will be expected to be writing every week and will have the opportunity to workshop their work every week as well as receive written feedback from the instructor. This is an important course for a serious reader and writer of poetry, one that will give you a deeper mastery, pleasure, and knowledge of poetry/poetics. This poetry workshop is for both emerging and established writers.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!