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Rebecca Gayle Howell

Translation as Creative Practice

October 12 to November 6
Tuition: $500
We write in the age of globalization and in the language most universal for our time. Contemporary international writers are now being brought into English at a high frequency, and major writers of English are revisiting classics for the first time...More
Ada Limón

Staying True: Authenticity and Voice: Fall

October 10 to December 2
Tuition: $500
  With so many poetic and artistic influences circulating wildly in the modern world, it can be difficult to remain true to your own instinctual style and idiosyncratic voice. Because contemporary writers are continually inundated with exciting new...More
Reginald Dwayne Betts

Juxtaposing the Public & Private to Add Depth to Poetry

May 2 to May 6
Tuition: $500
SPRING DISCOUNT: Use code SPRING16 at registration checkout to get 10% off tuition for this course. In this course we will look at the work of writers who skillfully juxtapose the public with the private in their poetry. We will pay special...More
Jacqueline Jones Lamon

Exploring the Abecedarian Poetics: More Than Just ABC's: Spring

April 10 to April 14
Tuition: $500
In this intensive course, students will explore several nuanced approaches to this ancient alphabetical form of poetry.  By combining current events and difficult subject matter with a rigid adherence to the alphabet as our organizing principle, we...More
Alicia Oltuski

Fix-It Shop

January 23 to January 27
Tuition: $500
Many wonderful courses serve writers by providing close readings of chapters, stories, and essays. In this class we will work with the issues in writing that do NOT fall neatly into a sequential set of pages. This course is for writers who are...More
Ed Skoog

Have You Tried the Side Door? Finding a Way In to Your Next Poems: Fall

October 2 to November 24
Tuition: $600
Sometimes, starting a poem, I feel paralyzed by the task. Each time I need to find the way around my expectations, over the seemingly unsurmountable traditions and the already-trod reactions against tradition, under the deep sea of …whatever—you...More
D. Gilson

Life Drawing: Public Persona Poetry

July 17 to July 21
Tuition: $500
"I am ashamed of my century,” Frank O’Hara explains, "for being so entertaining but I have to smile.” In this one-week intensive course, students will mine speech acts — from Twitter to long-form interviews — by a public figure of their choosing to...More
Nathan Oates

“And the Queen Died of Grief”: Approaches to Plot in Fiction

September 18 to September 22
Tuition: $500
All literary art imposes some form of order on the chaos of experience in order to convey something about the human condition. One of the ways we as working writers have of conceiving of this effort is through plot. How to select information,...More
Ed Skoog

Have You Tried the Side Door? Finding a Way In to Your Next Poems.

February 1 to March 25
Tuition: $500
  Starting a poem is difficult because of the barriers we often build for ourselves. In this new course, you will learn how to recognize your individual barriers and bypass them. In this workshop you will write and revise new poems through a series...More
Sara Roahen

What Sustains Us: The Art of Good "Food Writing"

March 6 to March 10
Tuition: $500
I believe that, when done with intention, using food in our creative writing can reveal great truth and meaning. By the end of this workshop, you will believe too. The newly popular term “food writing” can be misleading, as it implies that writing...More
Ann Hood

Writing the Personal Essay: Spring

March 27 to April 21
Tuition: $500
During this memoir course you will work toward completing a final, personal essay through a series of short, guided writing assignments focused on specific topics. In this workshop you will use and build on the writing tools you already have, get...More
Daisy Fried

4 Poets: Adaptation and Rejection as Technique

November 21 to December 16
Tuition: $500
What is creative influence and how can we best use it? The first week of this course we’ll read and discuss sets of poems from six different contemporary poets: Anne Carson, Ciaran Carson, Natalie Diaz, Yusef Komunyakaa, Thylias Moss and Alicia...More
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Narrating Memoir: Who’s Telling Your Life Story?

September 11 to September 15
Tuition: $500
The memoirist is asked to play many roles: simultaneously that of the author, the narrator, and the character. And while those of the author (you, who sits at the keyboard) and the character (younger you, in the scenes you are recollecting) may be...More
Jacqueline Kolosov

Writing in an Age of Terror

November 6 to December 1
Tuition: $500
What is the writer's obligation in an age of increasing terror and unreliable news? Can writing enact change? Create a conversation? Enlarge one? In this reading and writing intensive workshop, we will look at several writers, both here and abroad...More
Nancy Pearson

15 Works: July

July 3 to July 28
Tuition: $500
This four week poetry workshop is based on a class taught at the former Corcoran School of Art. In "15 Works," you’ll write 3 to 4 poems a week in response to assignments and prompts, with weekly themes. Comments on one another’s poems will be...More
Sarah Messer

Facts, Research, and Memoir

October 26 to November 20
Tuition: $500
Even in our most vivid memories, details fade. Sarah Messer’s essential course will help you mine memory through research techniques like archival work, interviewing, travel, music, and information-gathering in order to create vivid, compelling...More
Rebecca Gayle Howell

We All Write Sentences

March 21 to March 25
Tuition: $500
Poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers alike are all invited to consider the power of the English sentence--specifically, in pushing its boundaries--in this one-week intensive workshop. You will read across genres to discover masters of...More
Daisy Fried

Writing Poems that Don't Fit

February 6 to March 3
Tuition: $500
In her four-week workshop, Daisy Fried will guide you as you formulate what your poems want to be and how you fit into your work. With a goal of helping you clarify your themes and focusing on your own voice, this workshop is designed to teach you...More
Devi Lockwood

Tell Me a Story: The Power of Deep Listening

January 16 to January 20
Tuition: 500
In this multi-genre workshop you'll learn how to use the material of everyday conversations as the starting place for your writing. We will cover basic techniques of interviewing, audio recording, and transcription. Learn what questions to ask, how...More
Kim Addonizio

Finding the Form in Free Verse

November 14 to December 9
Tuition: $500
Kim Addonizio’s class won’t just inspire you to write—it will also help you shape your poems in order to release the power and energy of your vision.Sure, our poems need heart, mind, fresh metaphors, precise language, ravishing imagery—but they...More
Michelle Tea

Memoir that Reads Like Fiction: Fall

December 11 to December 15
Tuition: $400
Memoirist, novelist and poet Michelle Tea will advise on the creation of a memoir that has the cinematic feel and the singular voice of an immersive novel. Learn techniques to distance yourself from your own experience, face down fears,...More
Nancy Pearson

15 Works: June

June 5 to June 30
Tuition: $500
This four week poetry workshop is based on a class taught at the former Corcoran School of Art. In "15 Works," you’ll write 3 to 4 poems a week in response to assignments and prompts, with weekly themes. Comments on one another’s poems will be...More
Kim Addonizio

Exploring the Sonnet

September 18 to October 13
Tuition: $500
Whether you’ve been writing sonnets for years, or have forgotten what iambic pentameter is, or never knew in the first place—this workshop is for you. The sonnet is a beautiful, flexible form that is as vital now as it was when Petrarch and Dante...More
Sarah Rose Nordgren

The Sources of Poetry

September 21 to November 13
Tuition: $500
  In Sarah Rose Nordgren's workshop you'll explore the inner obsessions and sources that fuel your urge to write. Through guided prompts that will encourage you to experiment, you will learn to write poems that really matter and that are charged...More
Rebecca Gayle Howell

Translation as Creative Practice: Fall

October 10 to November 4
Tuition: $500
  We write in the age of globalization and in the language most universal for our time. Contemporary international writers are now being brought into English at a high frequency, and major writers of English are revisiting classics for the first...More
Laura Madeline Wiseman

Delightful Duos: Collaborating Poets

March 6 to March 31
Tuition: $500
Delightful duos, crafty couples, and writers who dare to work in pairs, this eight-week studio will focus on the art of collaborating with other poets. Each student will participate in 2-4 paired groups to produce new, exciting creations written in...More
Rosie Schaap

Essay is a Verb: The Practice of Personal Narrative: Spring

March 6 to March 31
Tuition: $500
Informed and animated by the singular life experience and voice of its author, the personal essay represents an attempt to deeply speak about an idea, a problem, or a preoccupation in the most powerful language possible. In this new workshop, you...More
Emilia Phillips

Every Phantom // A Story: Erasure and Revision

March 6 to April 28
Tuition: 500
  What isn’t said in a poem is just as meaningful-just as much a craft choice-as what is said. As poets, we so often go to the page with the intention of telling our readers something; this approach, however, often positions us between the reader...More
Sara Eliza Johnson

Mad Science

October 2 to October 6
Tuition: $400
It may often seem that poetry and science are at odds with one another—the former typically associated with subjectivity and emotion, and the latter with objectivity and facts—but poets have long looked to scientific endeavors and discoveries for...More
Troy Jollimore

Seeing, Hearing, and Letting Poems Be

June 19 to June 23
Tuition: $500
/*-->*/ Many of us have had the experience of sensing a poem hovering at the edge of our peripheral vision, drifting in the margins of being heard, trembling on the verge of announcing itself. You know it’s there, waiting to exist, but how do...More
Peter Campion

Next Steps: SEPTEMBER

September 18 to September 22
Tuition: $500
This five day course has been designed to take your poems to the next level. Our online discussion will provide tools to help you connect more fully with the sources of your poems, bring new life to old drafts, and write more vivacious lines and...More
Ann Hood

Writing the Personal Essay: Winter

January 9 to February 3
Tuition: $500
A writing sample is required for admittance to this class. Before registering, please email a writing sample to gleghorn@fawc.org.  During this memoir course you will work toward completing a final, personal essay through a series of short, guided...More
Ada Limón

Staying True: Authenticity and Voice: Spring

March 6 to April 28
Tuition: $500
Ada Limón is determined to help you focus in on your own personal style and write poems in your own unique voice in a world filled with constantly challenging external influences. This class you will offer new techniques to help you develop a more...More
Elizabeth Bradfield

The Project Book

September 4 to September 29
Tuition: $500
Finishing a book of poems focused on a topic, rather than a loose aggregation, is a particular art.  Some poets unify books by form or voice as well as subject (such as Ellen Bryant Voigt's Kyrie, Frank X Walker's Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York...More
Rosie Schaap

Essay is a Verb: The Practice of Personal Narrative: Fall

October 16 to November 10
Tuition: $500
To essay is to try. Informed and animated by the singular life experience and voice of its author, the personal essay represents an attempt to engage deeply with an idea, a problem, a preoccupation, in the most powerful language possible. Personal...More
Arisa White

Know Thyself: Poetry of Personal Witness

October 30 to November 24
Tuition: $500
Those silent places we inhabit are places where we can learn to better listen—to self and to others. In this workshop we turn within, using poetry to cultivate greater attention and embodiment. You will incorporate meditation into your writing...More
Suzanne Rivecca

Good Things in Small Packages: The Art of the Short Story

January 4 to February 26
Tuition: $500
A great short story is all the proof we need that bigger isn't necessarily better—or more beautiful, or more profound. In this new class, you will learn how to apply new ideas of structure, character, plot and language to your short stories to help...More
Anne Sanow

Revision is the Writing: Prose Workshop

March 20 to April 14
Tuition: $500
It’s easy to resist revision as the “work” part of creating—but when you embrace it fully as part of the creative process, your writing will start to go to new levels.  Real revision is bold and daring.  It demands that you get into the guts of...More
Ann Hood

Writing the Personal Essay: Fall

September 21 to October 16
Tuition: $500
During Ann Hood’s memoir course you will work toward completing a final, personal essay through a series of short, guided assignments. Using these weekly writing exercises – focused on specific topics as stepping-stones – you will learn to hone...More
Ann Hood

Writing the Personal Essay: Fall

October 3 to October 28
Tuition: $500
During this memoir course you will work toward completing a final, personal essay through a series of short, guided writing assignments focused on specific topics. In this workshop you will use and build on the writing tools you already have,...More
Meg Day

The Elegy & the Emo Poem: A Battle to the Death

April 25 to April 29
Tuition: $500
SPRING DISCOUNT: Use code SPRING16 at registration checkout to get 10% off tuition for this course. What is the responsibility of the poet in times of public mourning? Why is it that we turn to poetry during periods of tragedy or deep sorrow? In...More
Heidi Jon Schmidt

Telling the Story: Eight Weeks in Winter

January 9 to March 3
Tuition: $500
John Cheever once stopped himself in the middle of a reading at FAWC and said, "Hell, I can tell it better than this."  Then he looked up and told the story as it had happened, instead of reading what he'd written. Almost all stories begin...More
Juliana Spahr

Five Not Entirely Possible Assignments

March 13 to March 17
Tuition: $500
Years ago I took a workshop where I was given a chart of immigration numbers by year and country for Bulgaria and asked to write something that summarized the data in the chart. I have no idea what happened to the piece of writing that I wrote out...More
Fred Marchant

Staying With It: A Five-Day Meditation in Poetry for Fall

October 2 to October 6
Tuition: $400
In this one-week intensive online course we will begin a new poem and stay with it for the whole five days, the goal being to nurture and expand that poem into an extended meditation. We will consider what a meditative poem is and does, and why one...More
Nathan Oates

“And the Queen Died of Grief”: Approaches to Plot in Fiction

May 15 to May 19
Tuition: $500
All literary art imposes some form of order on the chaos of experience in order to convey something about the human condition. One of the ways we as working writers have of conceiving of this effort is through plot. How to select information,...More
Kimberly Burwick

The Image, Ravenous

December 4 to December 8
Tuition: $400
Do you remember how exciting it once was to find a crushed wasp or the first robin in March? In this generative course we will fiercely recollect the early-childhood process of image-making.  Focusing on techniques such as synesthesia, anaphora and...More
Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Of Knowing Nothing and Everything: A Week of Poem, Pigment, and Paint in the Lab

March 6 to March 10
Tuition: $500
In this class we'll ask rigorous questions like, "What do I mean when I say the sky is blue?" & "What does 'green' mean, really?" This is a class about using multiple mediums and the art of surprise to make our poems and our practice of writing...More
How is surprise created? Often, it’s an effect of poetic structure: the order in which information is presented to the reader. One piece of information introduces a set of assumptions or possibilities, and the next piece of information calls those...More
Michael White

Gazing In Gazing Out

November 13 to November 17
Tuition: $400
This one-week poetry workshop will offer instruction, support, and dialogue in the craft of writing and revising poems. This class is for intermediate to advanced poets that would like to try fundamentally new approaches to subject matter. We are...More
Jillian Weise

The Poet as Spy: 4 Tricks from Espionage: Winter

January 30 to February 3
Tuition: $500
Since we live in the age of the ubiquitous status update, you are already familiar with spying and being spied, watching and being watched, surveying and being surveyed. So you will make that familiarity manifest by writing poems as a secret...More
Lisa Duffy

Elements of Craft: A Fiction Workshop

May 29 to June 23
Tuition: $500
This workshop is for students who are looking for critical feedback on a short story or novel-in-progress (novel excerpt should stand alone).  Students will critique each other’s work using a template focused on the essential elements of fiction—...More
Gabrielle Calvocoressi

On Knowing Nothing and Everything: A Week of Poem, Pigment, & Paint in the LAB: WINTER

January 18 to January 22
Tuition: $500
In this generative one-week workshop, you will use multiple mediums and the art of surprise to make your practice of poetry more expansive, muscular, and joyfully challenging. In this class, painting and poetry will coincide to allow for students...More
Michael White

Gazing In Gazing Out

November 14 to November 18
Tuition: $500
This one-week poetry workshop will offer instruction, support, and dialogue in the craft of writing and revising poems. This class is for intermediate to advanced poets that would like to try fundamentally new approaches to subject matter. We are...More
Matthew Olzmann

Surprise and Revelation: Building and Overthrowing Expectations in a Poem

April 18 to April 22
Tuition: $500
SPRING DISCOUNT: Use code SPRING16 at registration checkout to get 10% off tuition for this course. How is surprise created? Often, it’s an effect of poetic structure: the order in which information is presented to the reader. One piece of...More
Rebecca Gayle Howell

We All Write Sentences: Winter

January 23 to January 27
Tuition: $500
This one-week intensive invites both poets and prose writers to consider more closely the power of pushing out the boundaries of the English sentence. Reading, across genres, sentences by masters of the ecstatic--James Agee, Gwendolyn Brooks,...More
Garrard Conley

Illuminating the Past in Memoir

January 23 to February 17
Tuition: $500
How do memoirists re-enter the mysteries of past experience?The answer, for many of us, resides in our ability to 'play' with the past and find enjoyment in exciting literary techniques memoirists and fiction writers have passed down to us. To that...More
Laura Madeline Wiseman

Transportation: On Getting There and Getting Poems

November 13 to December 8
Tuition: $500
This four-week class will focus on writing about journeys. With writing exercises and guided prompts for generating new work, we will explore a variety of ways to approach this classic and contemporary topic in poetry. We will discuss published...More
Sandra Simonds

From Your Diary to Publication

May 22 to June 16
Tuition: $500
Are you secretly writing poetry in a diary, blog or anonymously on social media, but might be nervous to share your writing in a more public way? Maybe you want to send your poems out for publication but you don’t feel confident enough yet? Or...More
Arisa White

Know Thyself: Poetry of Personal Witness

July 17 to August 11
Tuition: $500
Those silent places we inhabit are places where we can learn to better listen—to self and to others. In this workshop we turn within, using poetry to cultivate greater attention and embodiment. You will incorporate meditation into your writing...More
Rebecca Gayle Howell

The No Po-Biz Po-Biz: How to Finish Your Poems for Publication

February 15 to February 19
Tuition: $500
The submission process is a communication, a conversation between you and your future editors. In this workshop you will explore how to cultivate that conversation meaningfully. Through intensive and diverse studies of syntax, lineation,...More
Carolyn Forché

Writing New Poems: Fall

October 24 to October 28
Tuition: $500
Carolyn Forché’s five-day intensive class is designed to push experienced poets in provocative new writing directions.  The week is dedicated to writing and receiving feedback on new poems.This is a generative, guided workshop designed to help...More
Gabrielle Calvocoressi

On Knowing Nothing and Everything: A Week of Poem, Pigment, & Paint in the LAB: SPRING

March 14 to March 18
Tuition: $500
In this class we'll ask rigorous questions like, "What do I mean when I say the sky is blue?" & "What does 'green' mean, really?" This is a class about using multiple mediums and the art of surprise to make our poems and our practice of writing...More
Kirsten Andersen

Stealing Time: The Tricky Dance of Being a Writing Parent

November 7 to December 2
Tuition: $500
"I keep stealing away to take notes...what kind of mother am I, I think, taking notes at a time like this?"—Jamie Quatro, “What It Takes,” Poets & Writers 2014 Beginning writers are often instructed to write what they know: they set pen to page...More
Michelle Tea

Memoir that Reads Like Fiction: Fall

December 5 to December 9
Tuition: $500
In this intensive memoir workshop, you will learn techniques to create a memoir with a cinematic feel and the singular voice of an immersive novel. In addition to discussing style and craft, you will also touch on the personal concerns that...More
Sometimes, starting a poem, I feel paralyzed by the task. Each time I need to find the way around my expectations, over the seemingly unsurmountable traditions and the already-trod reactions against tradition, under the deep sea of …whatever—you...More
Rebecca Gayle Howell

We All Write Sentences: September

September 4 to September 8
Tuition: $500
This one-week intensive invites both poets and prose writers to consider more closely the power of pushing out the boundaries of the English sentence. Reading, across genres, sentences by masters of the ecstatic--James Agee, Gwendolyn Brooks,...More
Jacqueline Jones Lamon

Exploring the Abecedarian Poetics: More Than Just ABC's

October 9 to October 13
Tuition: $400
In this intensive course, students will explore several nuanced approaches to this ancient alphabetical form of poetry.  By combining current events and difficult subject matter with a rigid adherence to the alphabet as our organizing principle, we...More
Paula Bohince

Ekphrasis: Poems from Visual Art

June 5 to June 9
Tuition: $500
Poets across time and culture have found inspiration in visual art, drawn into a conversation with these artworks and responding with fresh perspectives.  This generative workshop will examine poetic models that employ different approaches to this...More
Cam Terwilliger

Flash Fiction

May 2 to May 6
Tuition: $500
SPRING DISCOUNT: Use code SPRING16 at registration checkout to get 10% off tuition for this course. Regularly appearing in the pages of literary magazines, flash fiction has become one of the most vibrant modes in which to write. A protean form,...More
Rebecca Gayle Howell

Translation as Creative Practice: Winter

January 23 to February 17
Tuition: $500
We write in the age of globalization and in the language most universal for our time. Contemporary international writers are now being brought into English at a high frequency, and major writers of English are revisiting classics for the first time...More
Meghan O'Gieblyn

Place in Memoir

January 9 to March 3
Tuition: $500
Too often, location is regarded as the backdrop of a memoir—the fixed stage-set on which the action unfolds. But there is a long tradition of memoir that privileges place, and the writer’s experience with that place. In such works, location takes...More
Suzanne Rivecca

Good Things in Small Packages: The Art of the Short Story: Fall

October 16 to December 8
Tuition: $600
A great short story is all the proof we need that bigger isn't necessarily better—or more beautiful, or more profound. In this new class, you will learn how to apply new ideas of structure, character, plot and language to your short stories to...More
Kimberly Burwick

The Image, Ravenous

June 12 to June 16
Tuition: $500
Do you remember how exciting it once was to find a crushed wasp or the first robin in March? In this generative course we will fiercely recollect the early-childhood process of image-making.  Focusing on techniques such as synesthesia, anaphora and...More
Lisa Duffy

Elements of Craft: A Fiction Workshop

July 31 to August 25
Tuition: $500
This workshop is for students who are looking for critical feedback on a short story or novel-in-progress (novel excerpt should stand alone).  Students will critique each other’s work using a template focused on the essential elements of fiction—...More
Daisy Fried

Writing Poems That Don't Fit: Fall

October 26 to November 20
Tuition: $500
In her four-week workshop, Daisy Fried will guide you as you formulate what your poems want to be and how you fit into your work. With a goal of helping you clarify your themes and focusing on your own voice, this workshop is designed to teach you...More
Michael Klein

If It’s True. . . : A Memoir Workshop: SPRING

April 4 to April 29
Tuition: $500
SPRING DISCOUNT: Use code SPRING16 at registration checkout to get 10% off tuition for this course.   It’s become an almost unmovable piece popular literary culture to make a clear distinction in a memoir between what’s true and what’s made up. ...More
Sara Eliza Johnson

Language and the Lucid Dream

March 7 to April 29
Tuition: $500
Writing a poem—that is, inventing and manipulating our language to compose it—can be likened to lucid dreaming.  In this course, you will learn to write poems as if dreaming lucidly, which means that you will learn to write with intention and...More
Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Of Knowing Nothing and Everything: A Week of Poem, Pigment, and Paint in the Lab

November 7 to November 11
Tuition: $500
In this class we'll ask rigorous questions like, "What do I mean when I say the sky is blue?" & "What does 'green' mean, really?" This is a class about using multiple mediums and the art of surprise to make our poems and our practice of writing...More
Suzanne Rivecca

Good Things in Small Packages: The Art of the Short Story: Winter

January 9 to March 3
Tuition: $500
A great short story is all the proof we need that bigger isn't necessarily better—or more beautiful, or more profound. In this new class, you will learn how to apply new ideas of structure, character, plot and language to your short stories to...More
Sara Eliza Johnson

Language and the Lucid Dream: Fall

October 24 to December 16
Tuition: $500
Many sleepers have experienced the pleasure of the lucid dream: the phenomenon of "waking" inside our dream and realizing that we are in fact dreaming, that we are still in the process of imagining it and therefore able to transform its substance...More
Ann Hood

Writing the Personal Essay: September

September 4 to September 29
Tuition: $500
Each week will begin with my introduction of a topic for that week's memoir assignment. Topics will include Food, Place, Love, and Loss. I will email you examples from writers I admire such as Jonathan Lethem, JoAnn Beard, Cheryl Strayed, and Tony...More
Rebecca Lindenberg

What I Should Have Said: Writing Funny Poems

June 5 to June 30
Tuition: $500
It is really hard to write funny.  It’s even harder to write funny with substance and pathos.  But in this class, we’ll look at several poems that succeed at being funny in different ways  - some by unlikely juxtapositions, some by satire, some by...More
Aamina Ahmad

Long form screenwriting; stories that move us.

June 5 to June 30
Tuition: $500
How do screenwriters draw us into the world of a story? How do they breathe life into characters, making them real and complex? And how does the story told make us feel as though we have lived through something deep and true with those characters?...More
Peter Campion

Form From Feeling and Feeling From Form: Fall

September 14 to October 9
Tuition: $500
PETER CAMPION’s four-week workshop will help you better understand poetry from the inside out by exploring seven formal elements – action, voice, sentence, phrase, line, sound and metaphor. You will learn how these elements work together in...More
Ocean Vuong

The First Step Backward: Memory as Creative Force

February 1 to February 5
Tuition: $500
  This new intensive course will examine the myriad ways in which memory works on the artistic practice. You will investigate the ways in which the body, memories, and scars are living relics of the past, seeking to honor past moments while...More
Devi Lockwood

Tangible Things: Object-based Storytelling

March 28 to April 1
Tuition: $500
This multi-genre course is a scavenger hunt. Each day will ask you to collect a different object, introduce it to an unexpected space, and to write. We will ask questions of how spaces cradle bodies, objects cradle space, and how the presence of...More
Cam Terwilliger

Flash Fiction: Winter

January 23 to January 27
Tuition: $500
Regularly appearing in the pages of literary magazines, flash fiction has become one of the most vibrant modes in which to write. A protean form, these extremely short stories come in many different shapes: some realistic, some fantastic, and some...More
Meghan O'Gieblyn

The ‘I’ in Memoir

September 12 to September 16
Tuition: $500
In a lecture titled “Why I Write,” Joan Didion remarked that all she could hear in those three words was “I, I, I.” She was alluding to a common criticism of memoir—that it encourages navel-gazing. But the primacy of first-person narrative—the “I”—...More
Sam Sax

Heeeeeey!: Queer Poetics

November 13 to November 17
Tuition: $400
This workshop serves both as a brief survey of queer American poetry as well as an intensive exploration into students' own writing. We’ll seek to unpack what it is that makes a queer poem queer & further what makes a poem a poem. We’ll try to...More
This one-week personal class is designed to strengthen your poetry manuscript using a series of question-and answer-style prompts tailored for you. During the week, I will write comments about my overall impressions (what is your book “about”) and...More
Ed Skoog

Called to Speech: A One-Week Workshop

August 21 to August 25
Tuition: $500
What is happening when you begin to write a poem? What does it mean to be called to speech, to break into song? Why this, why now? How does the occasion of a poem lead you to write a poem in a certain way, and what avenues do you take to pursue or...More
Michael Klein

“If It’s True. . . ": A Memoir Workshop: WINTER

January 4 to January 29
Tuition: $500
  Memoir can be as various, wild, and eclectic as the individual putting their life down on paper. In this class, you will be guided through a series of excercises to learn how to extend both the anecdote and the essay forms into something more...More
Sara Eliza Johnson

Mad Science

October 3 to October 7
Tuition: $500
It may often seem that poetry and science are at odds with one another—the former typically associated with subjectivity and emotion, and the latter with objectivity and facts—but poets have long looked to scientific endeavors and discoveries for...More
Peter Campion

Form From Feeling and Feeling From Form: Fall

October 3 to October 28
Tuition: $500
 This class is for people who want to improve their poems, by understanding the art more fully, from the inside out. During our four weeks, we’ll explore seven formal elements—action, voice, sentence, phrase, line, sound, and metaphor—while...More
Poet CAConrad has successfully used (Soma)tic poetry rituals to overcome destructive and debilitating depression after the murder of his boyfriend Earth (aka Mark Holmes).  He has also created writing rituals using the night sky to design homemade...More
Ann Hood

Writing the Personal Essay: Fall

October 2 to October 27
Tuition: $500
During this memoir course you will work toward completing a final, personal essay through a series of short, guided writing assignments focused on specific topics. In this workshop you will use and build on the writing tools you already have, get...More
Rebecca Lindenberg

Writing for the Senses: Poetic Imagery, Experience, Emotion, and Evocation

February 27 to March 3
Tuition: $500
Though this course may be online, it’s a highly experiential one, devoted exclusively to developing the writer’s perceptual path from sensation to language.  Richly original attention to the world and our experience of it is the best possible...More
Chloe Garcia Roberts

Crossing Borders and Subverting Genre: The Lyric Essay

June 19 to June 23
Tuition: $500
Have your poems ever felt jealous of scientific essays, investigative journalism, instruction manuals, business correspondence, or religious texts to name a few? Or conversely does your prose feel like it’s missing certain flourishes, freedoms, or...More
Anne Sanow

Liftoff: Finishing that Story Draft

February 8 to March 4
Tuition: $500
  This four-week workshop is geared toward helping you make something happen in your story—through helping you grow your draft in ways you hadn't anticipated. Discussions will revolve around clarifying story ideas, sustaining scenes, deepening...More
Michael White

Gazing In Gazing Out

February 22 to February 26
Tuition: $500
In this new one-week intensive workshop designed for intermediate to advanced poets, you will explore fundamentally new approaches to subject manner while writing new poems and revising old ones. The class will also explore the intersection of the...More
Jennifer Tseng

Writing the Forbidden

May 2 to May 6
Tuition: $500
SPRING DISCOUNT: Use code SPRING16 at registration checkout to get 10% off tuition for this course. In this one-week intensive you will work to produce a piece of forbidden writing, using the form of your choice. What’s forbidden to one writer may...More
Nancy Pearson

15 Works: Spring

March 27 to April 21
Tuition: $500
This four week poetry workshop is based on a class taught at the former Corcoran School of Art. In "15 Works," you’ll write 3 to 4 poems a week in response to assignments and prompts, with weekly themes. Comments on one another’s poems will be...More
Annie Finch

Working the Beat: How to Make Poems Sing

November 7 to November 11
Tuition: $500
It can be tempting to think of rhythm, meter, or form as a container, something outside and separate from a poem.  But the best poems sing with rhythms that move them as innately and mysteriously as waves work the water.  Whether or not you’ve...More
Meg Day

5 Days, 6 Poems, 7 Ways Back Home

December 11 to December 15
Tuition: $400
Movement is a poet’s dialect: we pace the room of each stanza, we shuttle our readers across & down the page, & we reach inside them & rearrange the furniture. Even our metaphors have a vehicle to transport the tenor to & from. Isn’...More
Ed Skoog

Keep Your Foot on the Sustain Pedal: Writing Long Poems in June

May 29 to June 23
Tuition: $500
In this workshop, participants will struggle through several drafts of a few poems between 50 and 150 lines in length. Perhaps it seems silly to write those numbers down as meaningful parameters, but in the instructor’s experience that’s where a...More
Mark Wunderlich

Getting Poems Started, Keeping Them Going

June 12 to July 7
Tuition: $500
Mark Wunderlich’s course will provide you with practical tools for starting poems, building on them, revising them and pushing them to their best possible conclusions. Using letters, directions, prayers, lists, litanies, etc. as a starting point,...More
Fred Marchant

Deep Revision: The Poem as Discovery

May 2 to May 6
Tuition: $500
SPRING DISCOUNT: Use code SPRING16 at registration checkout to get 10% off tuition for this course. Everybody revises, but then again what does revision really mean? Is it just good poetic hygiene? Tidying up the diction? Tightening a line? Lopping...More
Elizabeth Bradfield

Animals in the Anthropocene—Toward a Beastly, Eco-Justice Poetic

October 24 to October 28
Tuition: $500
Many of us are moved by the non-humans we encounter.  But how do we write about our interactions with animals in ways that are full, accurate, and surprising?  With today’s developing conversations about animal rights, animal biology/ecology/...More
Nomi Stone

Anthro-Poetics: Living, Seeing, and Wonder

March 20 to March 24
Tuition: $500
We will "sing the [world] electric" through experiments in anthro-poetics. Our goal: to expand both our seeing and writing practices, by estranging the familiar and deestranging the hitherto unknown. We will adventure together into wonder by...More
Poet CAConrad has successfully used (Soma)tic poetry rituals to overcome destructive and debilitating depression after the murder of his boyfriend Earth (aka Mark Holmes).  He has also created writing rituals using the night sky to design homemade...More
Lydia Millet

Fierce Fiction in Five Days: Spring

March 13 to March 17
Tuition: $500
This workshop will take a fiction sample from each student (ten to fifteen pages of a short story or beginning of a novel) and revise it over the five days of the class. We’ll work on honing the piece’s voice to make it as powerful as possible,...More
Rebecca Lindenberg

What I Should Have Said: Writing Funny Poems

January 16 to February 10
Tuition: $500
It is really hard to write funny.  It’s even harder to write funny with substance and pathos.  But in this class, we’ll look at several poems that succeed at being funny in different ways  - some by unlikely juxtapositions, some by satire, some by...More
Jennifer Tseng

Start Small: What Writers Can Learn from Very Short Stories

November 6 to December 1
Tuition: $500
Reading and writing Very Short Stories can teach us several basic lessons of fiction writing, including the art of omission, compression, economy, and urgency. Whether you’re already part of the current Very Short Story renaissance or plan to use...More
Peter Campion

Next Steps

March 14 to March 18
Tuition: $500
This five day course has been designed to take your poems to the next level. Our online discussion will provide tools to help you connect more fully with the sources of your poems, bring new life to old drafts, and write more vivacious lines and...More
Hilary Price

Make it Funny: The Basics of Drawing and Writing Single Panel Cartoons

April 25 to April 29
Tuition: $500
SPRING DISCOUNT: Use code SPRING16 at registration checkout to get 10% off tuition for this course. What are the components of a caption cartoon?  (Plot, setting, characters, surprise... all in a snapshot.)  Each day's lecture will focus on a...More
Daisy Fried

“Some People Have Been Unkind”: A Workshop on Literary Book Reviewing

October 3 to October 28
Tuition: $500
In this workshop, you will look at literary book reviewing from aesthetic, ethical, and practical angles, exploring possible approaches for reviewing and discovering what elements are useful in reviews. By examining and discussing samples of...More
Jennifer Tseng

Writing the Forbidden: Poetry

May 8 to May 12
Tuition: $500
In this one-week poetry intensive you will work to produce a piece of forbidden writing. What’s forbidden to one writer may not be forbidden to another. Some feel forbidden to write about emotions (i.e. anger, happiness etc.) or circumstances (i.e...More
Irina Reyn

Open That Drawer!: Reviving the Stalled Novel

December 4 to December 8
Tuition: $400
Many of us begin work on a novel in a frenzy of inspiration but there are many reasons for why an unfinished novel goes into a drawer: life gets in the way, the initial motivation peters out, we plot ourselves into a dead end or we simply lose...More
Jacqueline Kolosov

Voice-Driven and Urgent: Contemporary Young Adult Fiction

April 10 to May 5
Tuition: $500
Young adult fiction is a thriving part of publishing and includes genres such as historical fiction, coming-of-age narratives, fantasy, paranormal, romance and literary fiction. Although YA authors primarily aim their novels at teens, adults...More
Rosie Schaap

Writing About Food & Drink

June 12 to July 7
Tuition: $500
Sometimes a pastrami sandwich is just a pastrami sandwich. And sometimes a pastrami sandwich is a way of looking at the world: a lens through which to consider an idea, a problem, a relationship, perhaps even a social movement. When we write essays...More
Alix Ohlin

Crafting Charismatic Characters

January 4 to January 29
Tuition: $500
Alix Ohlin’s workshop will help you create rich, compelling characters who will grab readers’ attention and involve them deeply in your story.  In this four-week class, you will learn techniques to develop dynamic characters whose complexity will...More
SPRING DISCOUNT: Use code SPRING16 at registration checkout to get 10% off tuition for this course. In this workshop, you will look at literary book reviewing from aesthetic, ethical, and practical angles, exploring possible approaches for...More
Angelo Nikolopoulos

Remix: A Contemporary Approach to Poetic Form

March 21 to March 25
Tuition: $500
Does formal writing seem dated and unfashionable? Perhaps a literary makeover is in order. This generative one-week workshop will look at contemporary approaches to writing in poetic form. We’ll focus on traditional forms (ghazal, pantoum, sestina...More
Carolyn Forché

Writing New Poems: Spring

March 13 to March 17
Tuition: $500
Carolyn Forché’s five-day intensive class is designed to push experienced poets in provocative new writing directions.  The week is dedicated to writing and receiving feedback on new poems.This is a generative, guided workshop designed to help...More
Nancy Pearson

15 Works: September

September 5 to September 30
Tuition: $500
This four week poetry workshop is based on a class taught at the former Corcoran School of Art. In "15 Works," you’ll write 3 to 4 poems a week in response to assignments and prompts, with weekly themes. Comments on one another’s poems will be...More
Heidi Jon Schmidt

Telling the Story: Fall

October 2 to October 27
Tuition: $500
John Cheever once stopped himself in the middle of a reading at FAWC and said, "Hell, I can tell it better than this."  Then he looked up and told the story as it had happened, instead of reading what he'd written. Almost all stories begin...More
Lydia Millet

Fierce Fiction: Five Days

August 7 to August 11
Tuition: $500
This workshop will take a fiction sample from each student (ten to fifteen pages of a short story or beginning of a novel) and revise it over the five days of the class. We’ll work on honing the piece’s voice to make it as powerful as possible,...More
CA Conrad

JUNO: An Online (Soma)tic Poetry Workshop

June 5 to June 30
Tuition: $500
Every living person is creative, but many people stop using their artistic skills when the routines of career, family and the many stresses of survival take hold of our lives.  We will discuss how having an active, vibrant creative life keeps us...More
Nancy Pearson

15 Works

February 1 to February 26
Tuition: $500
  This four week poetry workshop is based on a class taught at the former Corcoran School of Art. In "15 Works," you’ll write 3 to 4 poems a week in response to assignments and prompts, with weekly themes. The workshop promises to stretch the...More
Nancy Pearson

15 Works: Fall

October 17 to November 11
Tuition: $500
This four week poetry workshop is based on a class taught at the former Corcoran School of Art. In "15 Works," you’ll write 3 to 4 poems a week in response to assignments and prompts, with weekly themes. Comments on one another’s poems will be...More
Sandra Beasley

Your Voice: Work It, Raise It, Change It

May 8 to May 12
Tuition: $500
  We often regard the author’s voice as having an inherent, unchangeable quality. Many writers have invoked the analogy comparing one’s voice to a fingerprint. But one person's “fingerprint” is another person’s rut, and no author should feel...More
Meg Day

The Elegy & the Emo Poem: A Battle to the Death: Fall

November 28 to December 2
Tuition: $500
What is the responsibility of the poet in times of public mourning? Why is it that we turn to poetry during periods of tragedy or deep sorrow? In this one-week intensive course, we will be in conversation with how poetry informs our public &...More
Julie Carr

The Epistolary Poem

February 13 to February 17
Tuition: $500
In 1959, American poet Frank O’Hara wrote a mock-manifesto he called “Personism” in which he argued that a poem should be immediate and intimate, that it should “address itself to one person (other than the poet himself), thus evoking overtones of...More
Michael White

Writing the Personal Journey: A Multi-Genre Travel Writing Workshop

April 3 to April 28
Tuition: $500
Anthony Doerr’s favorite travel book is D.H. Lawrence’s Sea and Sardinia. According to Doerr, Lawrence “never stops paying attention, and in his prose everything—sunlight, a steamship, a vegetable market—becomes ecstatic." He might’ve been talking...More
Christina Davis

Ourselves, I Sing: Experiments in Selfhood & Humanhood

May 22 to May 26
Tuition: $500
“It is said to be the age of the first person singular.” --Ralph Waldo Emerson (1827)  In a country that still prides itself on self-reliance and individualism, and that often gives linguistic precedence to personal testimony, do we lose something...More
Lisa Duffy

Elements of Craft: A Fiction Workshop: SEPTEMBER

September 25 to October 20
Tuition: $500
This workshop is for students who are looking for critical feedback on a short story or novel-in-progress (novel excerpt should stand alone).  Students will critique each other’s work using a template focused on the essential elements of fiction—...More
Jacqueline Jones Lamon

Exploring the Abecedarian Poetic Sequence: More Than Just ABC’s

March 14 to March 18
Tuition: $500
In this intensive course, students will explore several nuanced approaches to this ancient alphabetical form of poetry.  By combining current events and difficult subject matter with a rigid adherence to the alphabet as our organizing principle, we...More
Rebecca Gayle Howell

We All Write Sentences: Fall

December 12 to December 16
Tuition: $500
This one-week intensive invites both poets and prose writers to consider more closely the power of pushing out the boundaries of the English sentence. Reading, across genres, sentences by masters of the ecstatic--James Agee, Gwendolyn Brooks,...More
Matt Miller

Tiny Tales, Prose Poems, and Micro Memoirs

January 9 to January 13
Tuition: $500
This class will wade into those estuaries where the waters of genre blend and mingle and birth something new. We will try to blend the lyrical intensity of the poem with the narrative movement of the story as well as the wandering discovery of the...More
Hilary Price

Make it Funny: The Basics of Drawing and Writing Single Panel Cartoons

March 6 to March 10
Tuition: $500
What are the components of a caption cartoon?  (Plot, setting, characters, surprise. . . all in a snapshot.)  Each day's lecture will focus on a different element of panel cartooning and I'll assign exercises to strengthen that cartooning muscle....More
Reginald Dwayne Betts

Juxtaposing the Public & Private to Add Depth to Poetry

September 11 to October 6
Tuition: $500
In this course we will look at the work of writers who skillfully juxtapose the public with the private in their poetry. We will pay special attention to identifying techniques that we can replicate and discussing strategies that make it feel...More
Rebecca Seiferle

The Poem’s Intention

March 6 to March 31
Tuition: $500
Often, a poem has its own intentions that are at odds with the intentions of the poet. The poet will begin the poem with a certain aim, feeling, perspective, or subject, only to find that the poem veers into unknown territory. Often the preferred...More
Nancy Pearson

15 Works: August

July 31 to August 25
Tuition: $500
This four week poetry workshop is based on a class taught at the former Corcoran School of Art. In "15 Works," you’ll write 3 to 4 poems a week in response to assignments and prompts, with weekly themes. Comments on one another’s poems will be...More
Francesca Lia Block

Not Always Happily : Writing the Contemporary Fairy Tale

February 1 to February 5
Tuition: $500
Francesca Lia Block’s one-week intensive course will show you how to utilize the various elements of fairy tale writing as inspiration for writing short stories, novels and even poetry. During the course you will delve into character, plot, setting...More
Sara Roahen

Food in Memoir: What Sustains Us

March 14 to March 18
Tuition: $500
Food sustains us—or in some cases, fails to sustain us. Because of food’s omnipresent role in our lives, using food in our writing can help us narrow in on, or expound upon, the weightiest of topics. In this workshop, you will learn how to give...More
Ada Limón

Staying True: Authenticity & Voice: Spring

March 14 to May 6
Tuition: $500
Ada Limón is determined to help you focus in on your own personal style and write poems in your own unique voice in a world filled with constantly challenging external influences. This class you will offer new techniques to help you develop a more...More
Devi Lockwood

Tangible Things: Object-based Storytelling

February 13 to February 17
Tuition: 500
This multi-genre course is a scavenger hunt. Each day will ask you to collect a different object, introduce it to an unexpected space, and to write. We will ask questions of how spaces cradle bodies, objects cradle space, and how the presence of...More
Irina Reyn

Open That Drawer!: Reviving the Stalled Novel

December 5 to December 9
Tuition: $500
Many of us begin work on a novel in a frenzy of inspiration but there are many reasons for why an unfinished novel goes into a drawer: life gets in the way, the initial motivation peters out, we plot ourselves into a dead end or we simply lose...More
Sarah Messer

Facts, Research, and Memoir: Spring

April 3 to April 28
Tuition: $500
Even in our most vivid memories, details fade. Sarah Messer’s essential course will help you mine memory through research techniques like archival work, interviewing, travel, music, and information-gathering in order to create vivid, compelling...More
Ann Hood

Writing the Personal Essay: June

June 5 to June 30
Tuition: $500
Each week will begin with my introduction of a topic for that week's memoir assignment. Topics will include Food, Place, Love, and Loss. I will email you examples from writers I admire such as Jonathan Lethem, JoAnn Beard, Cheryl Strayed, and Tony...More
Paisley Rekdal

Towards a Documentary Poetics

June 26 to July 21
Tuition: $500
Paisley Rekdal’s hands-on class is designed to help you explore the very special challenges poets face when writing documentary poetry. Whether you are expressing individual occurrences or a series of events, this class will focus primarily on...More
Ann Hood

Writing the Personal Essay: Spring

March 7 to April 1
Tuition: $500
During Ann Hood’s memoir course you will work toward completing a final, personal essay through a series of short, guided assignments. Using these weekly writing exercises – focused on specific topics as stepping-stones – you will learn to hone...More
Sarah Messer

Facts, Research, and Memoir: Winter

February 6 to March 3
Tuition: $500
Even in our most vivid memories, details fade. Sarah Messer’s essential course will help you mine memory through research techniques like archival work, interviewing, travel, music, and information-gathering in order to create vivid, compelling...More
Laura Madeline Wiseman

Transportation: On Getting There and Getting Poems

April 3 to April 28
Tuition: $500
This four-week class will focus on writing about journeys. With writing exercises and guided prompts for generating new work, we will explore a variety of ways to approach this classic and contemporary topic in poetry. We will discuss published...More
Jacqueline Jones Lamon

Exploring the Abecedarian Poetic Sequence: More Than Just ABC's: Winter

January 30 to February 3
Tuition: $500
In this intensive course, students will explore several nuanced approaches to this ancient alphabetical form of poetry.  By combining current events and difficult subject matter with a rigid adherence to the alphabet as our organizing principle, we...More
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Narrating Memoir: Who’s Telling Your Life Story?

March 20 to March 24
Tuition: $500
The memoirist is asked to play many roles: simultaneously that of the author, the narrator, and the character. And while those of the author (you, who sits at the keyboard) and the character (younger you, in the scenes you are recollecting) may be...More
Sara Eliza Johnson

Language and the Lucid Dream: Fall

October 23 to December 15
Tuition: $600
Many sleepers have experienced the pleasure of the lucid dream: the phenomenon of "waking" inside our dream and realizing that we are in fact dreaming, that we are still in the process of imagining it and therefore able to transform its...More
Sarah Green

Your Best Beach Body

August 7 to August 11
Tuition: $500
Where in your body do you house longing? Where does surprise live? Tenderness? Humor? This week we'll prep our summer poem bodies with seven prompts designed to provoke and invite the visceral and somatic, both dark and light. We'll build muscle...More
Rosie Schaap

Essay is a Verb: The Practice of Personal Narrative: SEPTEMBER

September 11 to October 13
Tuition: $500
To essay is to try. Informed and animated by the singular life experience and voice of its author, the personal essay represents an attempt to engage deeply with an idea, a problem, a preoccupation, in the most powerful language possible....More
Reif Larsen

The Sentence as a Gift

April 11 to April 15
Tuition: $500
SPRING DISCOUNT: Use code SPRING16 at registration checkout to get 10% off tuition for this course. Do you see your sentences simply as a way to get from here to there or as an opportunity to try something never done before? In this one-week...More
Nicole Terez Dutton

Threading and Building: Working Toward a Manuscript

December 5 to December 9
Tuition: $500
Whether you’re beginning with one poem or a small group of poems, this week-long intensive workshop will offer strategies to meaningfully expand your work toward a manuscript. By mapping the resonances and symmetries within and between poems,...More
Ann Hood

Jumpstart Your Memoir: Spring

March 6 to March 10
Tuition: $500
In his book on the craft of writing, Stephen King says: the scariest moment is just before you start. This workshop takes that moment and makes it less scary by asking you the right questions about what you are writing and why. Then we will move on...More
Meg Day

5 Days, 6 Poems, 7 Ways Back Home

December 5 to December 9
Tuition: $500
Movement is a poet’s dialect: we pace the room of each stanza, we shuttle our readers across & down the page, & we reach inside them & rearrange the furniture. Even our metaphors have a vehicle to transport the tenor to & from. Isn’...More
Lydia Millet

Fierce Fiction in Five Days

October 23 to October 27
Tuition: $400
This workshop will take a fiction sample from each student (ten to fifteen pages of a short story or beginning of a novel) and revise it over the five days of the class. We’ll work on honing the piece’s voice to make it as powerful as possible,...More
Jacqueline Kolosov

Experimenting with Hybrid Literary Genres

September 25 to October 20
Tuition: $500
In this exploratory workshop, we will experiment with the increasingly fluid boundaries between genre, specifically looking at flash fiction, the prose poem, short form nonfiction & the lyric essay. Expect to push beyond your comfort zone and...More
Joseph O. Legaspi

I Must Confess

September 25 to October 20
Tuition: $500
Why does confessional poetry get a bad rap? Arguably, aren’t all poems confessional, revealing of truths? This workshop aims to encourage and ease the risks it takes to write about risky subjects. The focus will be on poems-in-progress, elaborating...More
Ada Limón

Staying True: Authenticity & Voice: Fall

October 12 to December 4
Tuition: $500
Ada Limón is determined to help you focus in on your own personal style and write poems in your own unique voice in a world filled with constantly challenging external influences. This class you will offer new techniques to help you develop a more...More
Jacqueline Jones Lamon

Exploring the Abecedarian Poetic Sequence: More Than Just ABC's: Fall

October 10 to October 14
Tuition: $500
In this intensive course, students will explore several nuanced approaches to this ancient alphabetical form of poetry.  By combining current events and difficult subject matter with a rigid adherence to the alphabet as our organizing principle, we...More
SPRING DISCOUNT: Use code SPRING16 at registration checkout to get 10% off tuition for this course. Romantic love. Marriage. Heartbreak. Family. Friendship. Conflict. Loss. Pain. Death. Yes! In Ethan Gilsdorf’s essay class, you will learn how to...More
Rosie Schaap

Essay is a Verb: The Practice of Personal Narrative: Winter

February 6 to March 3
Tuition: $500
Informed and animated by the singular life experience and voice of its author, the personal essay represents an attempt to deeply speak about an idea, a problem, or a preoccupation in the most powerful language possible. In this new workshop, you...More
Reginald Dwayne Betts

Juxtaposing the Public & Private to Add Depth to Poetry

April 24 to May 19
Tuition: 500
In this course we will look at the work of writers who skillfully juxtapose the public with the private in their poetry. We will pay special attention to identifying techniques that we can replicate and discussing strategies that make it feel...More
Elizabeth Bradfield

Socializing the Nature Poem: EcoJustice Poetry in the Anthropocene

May 1 to May 26
Tuition: $500
“Nature abhors a vacuum,” Aristotle famously said.  When we look at anything, we put ourselves into that gaze.  How do we write about our interactions with the non-human world in ways that are full, accurate, ethical, nuanced, and surprising?  And...More
Porochista Khakpour

Experimental Writing for the Non-Experimental Writers

August 21 to August 25
Tuition: $500
What does it mean for literature to be experimental? The great Margaret Atwood defines it as: “Fiction that sets up certain rules for itself . . .while subverting the conventions according to which readers have understood what constitutes a proper...More
Ed Skoog

Called to Speech: A One-Week Workshop

September 25 to September 29
Tuition: $500
What is happening when you begin to write a poem? What does it mean to be called to speech, to break into song? Why this, why now? How does the occasion of a poem lead you to write a poem in a certain way, and what avenues do you take to pursue or...More
Ann Hood

Jumpstart Your Memoir: Fall

November 28 to December 2
Tuition: $500
A writing sample is required for admittance to this class. Before registering, please email a writing sample to gleghorn@fawc.org.  Often, that moment when you first begin to write is the scariest. This one-week intensive workshop will help you get...More
Ada Limón

Staying True: Authenticity and Voice: Winter

January 9 to March 3
Tuition: $500
Ada Limón is determined to help you focus in on your own personal style and write poems in your own unique voice in a world filled with constantly challenging external influences. This class you will offer new techniques to help you develop a more...More
Elizabeth Bradfield

Rewilding Your Poems: A Month of Prods, Prompts, and Play

November 6 to December 1
Tuition: $500
It can be easy to fall into a poetic rut.  To feel stuck in routine or less than terrified (don't we all want to be a little terrified by our poems?) by what we put on the page.  This four-week course will focus on exercises that will open new...More
Jillian Weise

The Poet as Spy: 4 Tricks from Espionage: Fall

September 11 to September 15
Tuition: $500
Since we live in the age of the ubiquitous status update, you are already familiar with spying and being spied, watching and being watched, surveying and being surveyed. So you will make that familiarity manifest by writing poems as a secret...More
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram

Make it Sing, Make it Strange: A Summer Poetry Lab

June 26 to July 21
Tuition: $500
Into the laboratory we go! In this course we are going to utilize techniques and strategies to make our poems sing and to embrace the strange in the process. On the one hand, we will examine the craft of extended metaphor by looking at exemplary...More
Jacqueline Kolosov

Voice-Driven and Urgent: Contemporary Young Adult Fiction

March 7 to April 1
Tuition: $500
Although YA authors primarily aim their novels at teens, adults continue read these books for their voice-driven narratives and the issues with which they wrestle. In this workshop, you will focus on the facets of a successful YA novel, guided by...More
Thomas Page McBee

The Reported Life: Using Journalism to Tell a Truer Story: Fall

November 14 to November 18
Tuition: $500
Since the gonzo stylings of Hunter S. Thompson, Joan Didion, and Truman Capote disrupted once and for all the false notion of "objective" reporting, many journalists and literary nonfiction writers have utilized one another's tools to get closer to...More
Marcus Wicker

Locking Down Your Free Verse: Containers that Fit

February 29 to March 25
Tuition: $500
In this four-week workshop focused on free verse, you will be guided through a series of exercises designed to facilitate experimentation and surprise in your work. Studying various techniques, you will investigate many of the intriguing inner-...More
Heidi Jon Schmidt

Telling the Story: Fall

October 3 to October 28
Tuition: $500
John Cheever once stopped himself in the middle of a reading at FAWC and said, "Hell, I can tell it better than this."  Then he looked up and told the story as it had happened, instead of reading what he'd written. Almost all stories begin...More
Meg Day

What's Love Got to Do With It: Poems for Valentine's Day

February 6 to February 10
Tuition: $500
What is more deeply entangled in the genealogy of the poem than love? Poet Eileen Myles writes that the love poem is where all of poet’s best lines should gather. Poet Truong Tran talks about love as a public word, one too multifarious in meaning...More
Rebecca Gayle Howell

We All Write Sentences: Spring

March 20 to March 24
Tuition: $500
This one-week intensive invites both poets and prose writers to consider more closely the power of pushing out the boundaries of the English sentence. Reading, across genres, sentences by masters of the ecstatic--James Agee, Gwendolyn Brooks,...More
Garrard Conley

Structuring Memoir

October 3 to October 7
Tuition: $500
So you have a draft of a memoir, and now you want to shape your story into a compelling narrative. How do you do this without sacrificing the integrity of the story? Which details of your research and/or life should you include? How do you make art...More
Ada Limón

Staying True: Authenticity and Voice: Fall

October 9 to December 1
Tuition: $600
Ada Limón is determined to help you focus in on your own personal style and write poems in your own unique voice in a world filled with constantly challenging external influences. This class you will offer new techniques to help you develop a...More
Nathan Oates

Key to Mystery: Methods for Building Stories

June 5 to June 30
Tuition: $500
This workshop will focus on learning techniques used in mystery stories and how those can be deployed in our stories and novels. Mystery stories use many of the same basic blocks of literary fiction, and then accentuate and emphasize some elements...More
Emilia Phillips

The Upside-Down: Contemporary Pastorals and Necropastorals: Fall

October 23 to November 17
Tuition: $500
“How many ladders to gather an orchard?” asks Brigit Pegeen Kelly in “The Leaving.” Beyond nature poetry, beyond the arcadian romances, this course drives the definition of the poetic pastoral into contemporary fields, including those of ecopoetics...More
Justin St. Germain

Memoir: Getting Started

May 2 to May 6
Tuition: $500
SPRING DISCOUNT: Use code SPRING16 at registration checkout to get 10% off tuition for this course. One of the hardest practical challenges writers face when beginning a memoir is where to start. It might seem obvious--just start at the beginning--...More
Michael Klein

"If It's True...": A Memoir Workshop

November 14 to December 9
Tuition: $500
It’s become an almost unmovable piece popular literary culture to make a clear distinction in a memoir between what’s true and what’s made up.  But memoir—the form itself—can be as various, wild and eclectic as the individual putting their life...More
Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Of Knowing Nothing and Everything: A Week of Poem, Pigment, and Paint in the Lab

January 9 to January 13
Tuition: $500
In this class we'll ask rigorous questions like, "What do I mean when I say the sky is blue?" & "What does 'green' mean, really?" This is a class about using multiple mediums and the art of surprise to make our poems and our practice of writing...More
Sometimes, starting a poem, I feel paralyzed by the task. Each time I need to find the way around my expectations, over the seemingly unsurmountable traditions and the already-trod reactions against tradition, under the deep sea of …whatever—you...More
Rebecca Gayle Howell

We All Write Sentences: Winter

December 11 to December 15
Tuition: $400
This one-week intensive invites both poets and prose writers to consider more closely the power of pushing out the boundaries of the English sentence. Reading, across genres, sentences by masters of the ecstatic--James Agee, Gwendolyn Brooks,...More
Michelle Tea

Memoir that Reads Like Fiction: Spring

March 20 to March 24
Tuition: $500
In this intensive memoir workshop, you will learn techniques to create a memoir with a cinematic feel and the singular voice of an immersive novel. In addition to discussing style and craft, you will also touch on the personal concerns that...More
Paula Bohince

Small but Mighty

May 29 to June 2
Tuition: $500
Sometimes the smallest poems have the biggest hearts.  In this generative workshop, we’ll concentrate on creating small but mighty poems, using such models as Dickinson and Basho, Clifton, Hirshfield, and others.  Together, in a supportive...More
Laura Madeline Wiseman

A Chapbook Workshop

April 25 to April 29
Tuition: $500
SPRING DISCOUNT: Use code SPRING16 at registration checkout to get 10% off tuition for this course. This one-week intensive workshop will focus on the chapbook manuscript, including sequencing poems, finding narrative arc, and bringing together the...More
Rebecca Gayle Howell

Translation as Creative Practice

June 5 to June 30
Tuition: $500
We write in the age of globalization and in the language most universal for our time. Contemporary international writers are now being brought into English at a high frequency, and major writers of English are revisiting classics for the first time...More
Daisy Fried

Poetry Revision Boot Camp

September 19 to September 23
Tuition: $500
Get ready, get set…You’ll either come into workshop with a poem draft you’re interested in but dissatisfied with, or, at the workshop’s beginning, you’ll generate a brand new first draft following a prompt designed to give you something substantial...More
Juliana Spahr

Five Not Entirely Possible Assignments

December 11 to December 15
Tuition: $400
Years ago I took a workshop where I was given a chart of immigration numbers by year and country for Bulgaria and asked to write something that summarized the data in the chart. I have no idea what happened to the piece of writing that I wrote out...More
Sandra Simonds

Shouldn’t the Sonnet?

May 15 to June 9
Tuition: $500
Just what is a sonnet, anyway? Is it simply a fourteen line poem? Can your sonnet have more or less than 14 lines and still be called a sonnet?  Does your sonnet have to have a rhyme scheme in order to be called a sonnet? In this four-week study of...More
Chloe Garcia Roberts

Crossing Borders and Subverting Genre: The Lyric Essay: FALL

September 11 to October 6
Tuition: $500
Have your poems ever felt jealous of scientific essays, investigative journalism, instruction manuals, business correspondence, or religious texts to name a few? Or conversely does your prose feel like it’s missing certain flourishes, freedoms, or...More
Daisy Fried

Writing Poems That Don't Fit: Spring

March 7 to April 1
Tuition: $500
In her four-week workshop, Daisy Fried will guide you as you formulate what your poems want to be and how you fit into your work. With a goal of helping you clarify your themes and focusing on your own voice, this workshop is designed to teach you...More
Sara Eliza Johnson

Mad Science

February 15 to February 19
Tuition: $500
  In this class, you will look to scientific endeavors and discoveries for inspiration, considering the potential yields of the creative relationship between science and poetry. Through a series of experiments and exercises, you will write poems...More
Kirsten Andersen

Stealing Time: The Tricky Dance of Being a Writing Parent

February 1 to February 26
Tuition: $500
Writing about the parent-child experience is rich territory, but it is often difficult to balance parenting time with your writing. In this new workshop, you will discover how to embrace your new experiences and begin writing again. This course...More
Francesca Lia Block

12 Questions to Help Structure your Novel in Five Days

November 7 to November 11
Tuition: $500
Over the years, Francesca Lia Block has helped hundreds and hundreds of writers discover and develop their novels using twelve essential, inter-related questions: What is the character gift and flaw? What is the character want and need? What is the...More
Suzanne Rivecca

Good Things in Small Packages: The Art of the Short Story: Spring

March 13 to May 5
Tuition: $500
A great short story is all the proof we need that bigger isn't necessarily better—or more beautiful, or more profound. In this new class, you will learn how to apply new ideas of structure, character, plot and language to your short stories to...More
Sara Eliza Johnson

Language and the Lucid Dream: Spring

March 13 to May 5
Tuition: $500
Writing a poem—that is, inventing and manipulating our language to compose it—can be likened to lucid dreaming.  In this course, you will learn to write poems as if dreaming lucidly, which means that you will learn to write with intention and...More
Rebecca Gayle Howell

Translation as Creative Practice: Fall

October 9 to November 4
Tuition: $500
We write in the age of globalization and in the language most universal for our time. Contemporary international writers are now being brought into English at a high frequency, and major writers of English are revisiting classics for the first time...More
Sara Roahen

What Sustains Us: The Art of Good “Food Writing”

December 4 to December 8
Tuition: $400
I believe that, when done with intention, using food in our creative writing can reveal great truth and meaning. By the end of this workshop, you will believe too. The newly popular term “food writing” can be misleading, as it implies that writing...More
Paula Bohince

From One, Many: Radical Revision

May 22 to May 26
Tuition: $500
You’ll begin the week with one poem and end with five new poems, each derived from the original, which will serve as the source, or seed bed, for these radical revisions, each now a distinct poem.  Through exercises and a shared ideas from our...More
Carolyn Forché

Writing New Poems: Fall

November 30 to December 4
Tuition: $500
  This one-week intensive class will help experienced poets push their writing in exciting new directions. In this generative, guided workshop, you will work intensively as as you explore different approaches to process and revision. Carolyn Forché...More
Thomas Page McBee

The Reported Life: Using Journalism to Tell a Truer Story

April 25 to April 29
Tuition: $500
SPRING DISCOUNT: Use code SPRING16 at registration checkout to get 10% off tuition for this course. Since the gonzo stylings of Hunter S. Thompson, Joan Didion, and Truman Capote disrupted once and for all the false notion of "objective" reporting...More
CA Conrad

Every Pebble Shapes the Mountain: (Soma)tic Poetry Rituals

March 14 to March 18
Tuition: $500
CAConrad wants us to understand how real it is that 95% of poets stop writing when the demands of our lives take over.  This is a workshop gathering and sharpening our tools to always stay attentive, to always be a poet who sees the creative...More
Cam Terwilliger

Flash Fiction: Spring

May 1 to May 5
Tuition: $500
Regularly appearing in the pages of literary magazines, flash fiction has become one of the most vibrant modes in which to write. A protean form, these extremely short stories come in many different shapes: some realistic, some fantastic, and some...More
Meghan O'Gieblyn

Conversions and Deconversions

March 27 to April 21
Tuition: $500
Most of us can think of a moment in our life when everything changed. This might have been a religious conversion, a mystical experience, or an encounter with the transcendent. Or it may have been a experience that had little to do with the...More
Alix Ohlin

Making Beautiful Sentences

April 10 to May 5
Tuition: $500
What makes a sentence so powerful and enduring that it will stick in your mind forever?  In this four-week class, we’ll take a look at some beautiful sentences and try to figure out exactly what makes them work, what distinguishes a writer’s style...More
Kimberly Burwick

Mythological Gravity in Poetry

May 8 to June 2
Tuition: $500
Interested in mythology and folktales? In this generative workshop we’ll take a close look at how oral legends can make their way into contemporary poems in profound and exciting ways. Drawing on poets such as H.D., Sherwin Bitsui, Linda Gregg,...More
Sara Eliza Johnson

First and Last(ing) Impressions: A Poetry Workshop

July 31 to August 25
Tuition: $500
“Since when,” he asked,“Are the first line and last line of any poemWhere the poem begins and ends?”—Seamus Heaney, “The Fragment”First and last impressions may not be everything, as the familiar sayings claim, but they are certainly critical in...More
Ada Limón

Staying True: Authenticity & Voice: Winter

January 4 to February 26
Tuition: $500
Ada Limón is determined to help you focus in on your own personal style and write poems in your own unique voice in a world filled with constantly challenging external influences. This class you will offer new techniques to help you develop a...More
Ann Hood

Jumpstart Your Memoir: Winter

January 23 to January 27
Tuition: $500
In his book on the craft of writing, Stephen King says: the scariest moment is just before you start. This workshop takes that moment and makes it less scary by asking you the right questions about what you are writing and why. Then we will move on...More
Suzanne Rivecca

Good Things in Small Packages: The Art of the Short Story: Fall

October 17 to December 9
Tuition: $500
A great short story is all the proof we need that bigger isn't necessarily better—or more beautiful, or more profound. In this new class, you will learn how to apply new ideas of structure, character, plot and language to your short stories to...More
Dariel Suarez

Keep the Narrative Going: How to Successfully Provide Context in Fiction

April 17 to April 21
Tuition: $500
This week-long intensive course will focus on that crucial element for creating socially layered, culturally nuanced, but ultimately accessible stories: context. During the course of the week, you will be given several exercises aimed at...More
Ann Hood

Jumpstart Your Memoir: Fall

November 27 to December 1
Tuition: $400
A writing sample is required for admittance to this class. Before registering, please email a writing sample to gleghorn@fawc.org.  In his book on the craft of writing, Stephen King says: the scariest moment is just before you start. This...More
Rebecca Lindenberg

Writing for the Senses: Poetic Imagery, Experience, Emotion, and Evocation

March 20 to March 24
Tuition: $500
Though this course may be online, it’s a highly experiential one, devoted exclusively to developing the writer’s perceptual path from sensation to language.  Richly original attention to the world and our experience of it is the best possible...More
Aamina Ahmad

TV Pilot Boot Camp!

May 29 to June 2
Tuition: $500
In this course we will look at the enormous storytelling potential that television offers us as writers, as well as the necessary parameters of budget, schedule and branding within which we have to work. We’ll consider the way in which audiences...More
Heidi Jon Schmidt

Telling the Story

October 26 to November 20
Tuition: $500
  Almost all stories begin somewhere in an author's experience. In this workshop, you will learn to unlock your own experience and reimagine it as a compelling and fulfilling story that makes characters feel alive. The goal is to create a rich...More
Nicole Terez Dutton

Threading and Building: Working Toward a Manuscript

March 7 to March 11
Tuition: $500
Whether you’re beginning with one poem or a small group of poems, this week-long intensive workshop will offer strategies to meaningfully expand your work toward a manuscript. By mapping the resonances and symmetries within and between poems,...More
Devi Lockwood

Tell Me a Story: The Power of Deep Listening

March 7 to March 11
Tuition: $500
In this multi-genre workshop you'll learn how to use the material of everyday conversations as the starting place for your writing. We will cover basic techniques of interviewing, audio recording, and transcription. Learn what questions to ask, how...More
Cam Terwilliger

Flash Fiction: Fall

October 3 to October 7
Tuition: $500
Regularly appearing in the pages of literary magazines, flash fiction has become one of the most vibrant modes in which to write. A protean form, these extremely short stories come in many different shapes: some realistic, some fantastic, and some...More
Sarah Rose Nordgren

Griffins, Harpies, and Jackalopes: Hybrid Poetics: Fall

September 5 to September 9
Tuition: $500
"What grows in that place is possessed of a beauty all its own, ramshackle and unexpected.”- Campbell McGrath, “The Prose Poem”Poetry’s history is one of change, of expansion in and out of new forms, purposes, contexts. It wasn’t too long ago that...More
Meg Day

The Elegy & the Emo Poem: A Battle to the Death

November 27 to December 1
Tuition: $400
What is the responsibility of the poet in times of public mourning? Why is it that we turn to poetry during periods of tragedy or deep sorrow? In this one-week intensive course, we will be in conversation with how poetry informs our public...More
Nancy Pearson

Almost Certainly But Not Quite Right At All

May 1 to May 26
Tuition: $500
Perhaps you have a poem you can’t get off the ground, a poem that bugs you, annoys you, drives you mad because you can’t figure out how to revise it. This 4-week workshop explores ways to begin revising poems that have been driving you crazy for...More
Ada Limón

Staying True: Authenticity and Voice: Summer

July 31 to August 25
Tuition: $500
Ada Limón is determined to help you focus in on your own personal style and write poems in your own unique voice in a world filled with constantly challenging external influences. This class you will offer new techniques to help you develop a...More
Peter Campion

Form From Feeling and Feeling From Form: Spring

April 4 to April 29
Tuition: $500
PETER CAMPION’s new four-week workshop will help you better understand poetry from the inside out by exploring seven formal elements – action, voice, sentence, phrase, line, sound and metaphor. You will learn how these elements work together in...More
Lydia Millet

The Charismatic Narrator

October 24 to October 28
Tuition: $500
What is charisma, on the page? What does it take to make voice compelling? This workshop will take a ten-to-fifteen page fiction sample from each student (a short story or novel beginning) and rewrite and revise it over the five days of the class....More
Ron MacLean

Shaping Short Fiction: From Aristotle to Borges and Beyond

January 9 to March 3
Tuition: $500
We’ll study a variety of approaches to story structure, from the classic story curve, to the drama-focused unity of opposites, to postmodern structures that stretch the form. We’ll look at examples through each lens; what does each structure...More
CA Conrad

Queer Bodies Poetry Workshop

February 20 to February 24
Tuition: $500
“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.”  --Audre Lorde This workshop will focus on (Soma)tic poetry rituals designed for the Queer body.  With over 200 anti-LGBTQ laws issued...More
Peter Campion

Form From Feeling and Feeling From Form: Fall

October 2 to October 27
Tuition: $500
 This class is for people who want to improve their poems, by understanding the art more fully, from the inside out. During our four weeks, we’ll explore seven formal elements—action, voice, sentence, phrase, line, sound, and metaphor—while...More
Rebecca Lindenberg

Writing for the Senses: Poetic Imagery, Experience, Emotion, and Evocation: September

September 11 to September 15
Tuition: $500
Though this course may be online, it’s a highly experiential one, devoted exclusively to developing the writer’s perceptual path from sensation to language.  Richly original attention to the world and our experience of it is the best possible...More
Jason Zuzga

When Language is the Artist’s Material: The Poet’s Palette

June 12 to June 16
Tuition: $500
 What exactly is it that poets do with language, or, rather, what opportunities for creation and effects does language afford? We’ll work to get a concrete feel for language as one possible art-making material among others such as paint, or stone...More
Ann Hood

Jumpstart Your Memoir

February 1 to February 5
Tuition: $500
  Often, that moment when you first begin to write is the scariest. This one-week intensive workshop will help you get started by asking the right questions. Whether you're stuck in a draft that isn't working, having trouble organizing your story,...More
Ed Skoog

Have You Tried the Side Door? Finding a Way In to Your Next Poems: Fall

October 3 to November 25
Tuition: $500
Sometimes, starting a poem, I feel paralyzed by the task. Each time I need to find the way around my expectations, over the seemingly unsurmountable traditions and the already-trod reactions against tradition, under the deep sea of …whatever—you...More
Ethan Gilsdorf

Writing and Selling Personal Essays about Deeply Personal Subjects

January 16 to January 20
Tuition: 500
Romantic love and heartbreak. Marriage and family strike. Friendship and conflict. Loss and death. In Ethan Gilsdorf’s intensive course, you will learn how to write a short personal essay about a significant and complex event, theme, or...More
Sam Sax

Heeeeeey!: Queer Poetics

February 13 to February 17
Tuition: $500
This workshop serves both as a brief survey of queer American poetry as well as an intensive exploration into students' own writing. We’ll seek to unpack what it is that makes a queer poem queer & further what makes a poem a poem. We’ll try to...More
Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Of Knowing Nothing and Everything: A Week of Poem, Pigment, and Paint in the Lab: Fall

November 6 to November 10
Tuition: $400
In this class we'll ask rigorous questions like, "What do I mean when I say the sky is blue?" & "What does 'green' mean, really?" This is a class about using multiple mediums and the art of surprise to make our poems and our practice of...More
Peter Campion

Form From Feeling and Feeling From Form: Spring

May 8 to June 2
Tuition: $500
 This class is for people who want to improve their poems, by understanding the art more fully, from the inside out. During our four weeks, we’ll explore seven formal elements—action, voice, sentence, phrase, line, sound, and metaphor—while...More
Meghan O'Gieblyn

Place in Memoir

June 26 to August 11
Tuition: $500
Too often, location is regarded as the backdrop of a memoir—the fixed stage-set on which the action unfolds. But there is a long tradition of memoir that privileges place, and the writer’s experience with that place. In such works, location...More
Charles McLeod

New Forms of Fiction

October 12 to December 4
Tuition: $500
Charles McLeod’s provocative new class will help you sharpen and enhance your narrative skills through a series of unlikely written assignments. Over the eight-week run of this class, you will explore writing for different forms of new media,...More
Corey Van Landingham

Documentary Poetry

February 29 to March 4
Tuition: $500
  In this new poetry workshop, you will consider what liberties writer take when recreating, representing, and exposing experience, especially the experiences of others. Topics of interest will include reportage, historical narratives, interviews,...More
Dariel Suarez

Keep the Narrative Going: How to Successfully Provide Context in Fiction

March 28 to April 1
Tuition: $500
This week-long intensive course will focus on that crucial element for creating socially layered, culturally nuanced, but ultimately accessible stories: context. During the course of the week, you will be given several exercises aimed at...More
Nancy Pearson

15 Works: Winter

January 9 to February 3
Tuition: $500
This four week poetry workshop is based on a class taught at the former Corcoran School of Art. In "15 Works," you’ll write 3 to 4 poems a week in response to assignments and prompts, with weekly themes. Comments on one another’s poems will be...More
Poet CAConrad has successfully used (Soma)tic poetry rituals to overcome destructive and debilitating depression after the murder of his boyfriend Earth (aka Mark Holmes).  He has also created writing rituals using the night sky to design homemade...More
Nicole Terez Dutton

Threading and Building: Working Toward a Manuscript

December 4 to December 8
Tuition: $400
Whether you’re beginning with one poem or a small group of poems, this week-long intensive workshop will offer strategies to meaningfully expand your work toward a manuscript. By mapping the resonances and symmetries within and between poems,...More
Meghan O'Gieblyn

Place in Memoir

May 8 to June 30
Tuition: $500
Too often, location is regarded as the backdrop of a memoir—the fixed stage-set on which the action unfolds. But there is a long tradition of memoir that privileges place, and the writer’s experience with that place. In such works, location...More
In this workshop, participants will struggle through several drafts of a few poems between 50 and 150 lines in length. Perhaps it seems silly to write those numbers down as meaningful parameters, but in the instructor’s experience that’s where a...More
Nancy Pearson

To Be Moved and To Move

March 7 to April 29
Tuition: $500
How can we write personal poems without sounding sentimental or self-serving? Experimenting with a dynamic mixture of time, images and phrases, this eight-week studio will help you create new poems that express a deeper personal story and “move”...More
Rosie Schaap

Essay is a Verb: The Practice of Personal Narrative: Fall

October 17 to November 11
Tuition: $500
  To essay is to attempt. Informed and animated by the singular life experience and voice of its author, the personal essay represents an attempt to engage deeply with an idea, a problem, a preoccupation, in the most powerful language possible....More
Sandra Beasley

“You Should Write About That"

January 23 to January 27
Tuition: $500
We are writers, but not just writers. We bring different areas of expertise to the table—whether a profession, another creative passion, travel, or the experience of parenting a sick child. Have you ever had someone say “You should write about that...More
Meg Day

The Elegy & the Emo Poem: A Battle to the Death: Summer

June 19 to July 14
Tuition: $500
What is the responsibility of the poet in times of public mourning? Why is it that we turn to poetry during periods of tragedy or deep sorrow? In this course we will be in conversation with how poetry informs our public & private responses to...More
In this workshop course, we will write poems based on some of the major themes present in the poems of the great German-language Modernist poet Rainer Maria Rilke.  As a poet and thinker Rilke returned to a handful of ideas which he incorporated...More
Emilia Phillips

This Last, Selfish Stitch: On Empathy, Appropriation, and Writing Poems About the Body

September 18 to October 13
Tuition: $500
Why should we write about our bodies, rendering them frankly in our poems? How should we approach writing about the bodies of others without appropriation? What is the relationship of poetry to the body, and how does this dynamic influence our...More
Jennifer Tseng

Writing the Forbidden

September 25 to September 29
Tuition: $500
In this one-week intensive you will work to produce a piece of forbidden writing. What’s forbidden to one writer may not be forbidden to another. Some feel forbidden to write about emotions (i.e. anger, happiness etc.) or circumstances (i.e. trauma...More
Nathan Oates

"And the Queen Died of Grief": Approaches to Plot in Fiction

November 27 to December 1
Tuition: 400
All literary art imposes some form of order on the chaos of experience in order to convey something about the human condition. One of the ways we as working writers have of conceiving of this effort is through plot. How to select information,...More
Rosie Schaap

Essay is a Verb: The Practice of Personal Narrative

January 4 to February 26
Tuition: $500
  Informed and animated by the singular life experience and voice of its author, the personal essay represents an attempt to deeply speak about an idea, a problem, or a preoccupation in the most powerful language possible. In this new workshop, you...More
Fred Marchant

Staying With It: A Five-Day Meditation in Poetry for Spring

April 3 to April 7
Tuition: $500
In this one-week intensive online course we will begin a new poem and stay with it for the whole five days, the goal being to nurture and expand that poem into an extended meditation. We will consider what a meditative poem is and does, and why one...More
Elizabeth Bradfield

The Project Book: Spring

March 6 to March 31
Tuition: $500
Finishing a book of poems focused on a topic, rather than a loose aggregation, is a particular art.  Some poets unify books by form or voice as well as subject (such as Ellen Bryant Voigt's Kyrie, Frank X Walker's Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York...More
Jennifer Tseng

Writing the Forbidden: Fiction

March 27 to March 31
Tuition: $500
In this one-week fiction intensive you will work to produce a piece of forbidden writing. What’s forbidden to one writer may not be forbidden to another. Some feel forbidden to write about emotions (i.e. anger, happiness etc.) or circumstances (i.e...More
Julie Carr

The Epistolary Poem

September 4 to September 8
Tuition: $500
In 1959, American poet Frank O’Hara wrote a mock-manifesto he called “Personism” in which he argued that a poem should be immediate and intimate, that it should “address itself to one person (other than the poet himself), thus evoking overtones of...More
Rebecca Seiferle

The Poetic Sequence

March 27 to May 19
Tuition: $500
A sequence is a long poem that combines shorter pieces by relying on association, juxtaposition, and connection rather than theme or narrative to create an organic poetic whole.  Overwhelmed by events, feelings, and thoughts, poets have turned...More
Ann Hood

Writing the Personal Essay: July

July 10 to August 4
Tuition: $500
Each week will begin with my introduction of a topic for that week's memoir assignment. Topics will include Food, Place, Love, and Loss. I will email you examples from writers I admire such as Jonathan Lethem, JoAnn Beard, Cheryl Strayed, and Tony...More
Lydia Millet

The Charismatic Narrator

April 4 to April 8
Tuition: $500
SPRING DISCOUNT: Use code SPRING16 at registration checkout to get 10% off tuition for this course. In her one-week intensive class, Lydia Millet wants to help you write a story so thought provoking that your readers will be unable to turn away...More
Elizabeth Bradfield

Beastly: Animals as Poetic Source and Subject for Poems

February 22 to February 26
Tuition: $500
Many of us are moved by our time outside, by the non-humans we encounter.  But how do we write about those experiences in ways that are full, accurate, and surprising?  In this week-long course we’ll study how others have written animals and use...More
Michelle Tea

Memoir That Reads Like Fiction

March 21 to March 25
Tuition: $500
  In this intensive memoir workshop, you will learn techniques to create a memoir with a cinematic feel and the singular voice of an immersive novel. In addition to discussing style and craft, you will also touch on the personal concerns that...More
Carolyn Forché

Writing New Poems: Winter

January 16 to January 20
Tuition: $500
Carolyn Forché’s five-day intensive class is designed to push experienced poets in provocative new writing directions.  The week is dedicated to writing and receiving feedback on new poems.This is a generative, guided workshop designed to help...More
Ann Hood

Writing the Personal Essay: September

September 5 to September 30
Tuition: $500
During Ann Hood’s memoir course you will work toward completing a final, personal essay through a series of short, guided assignments. Using these weekly writing exercises – focused on specific topics as stepping-stones – you will learn to hone...More
Sarah Messer

Facts, Research, and Memoir: Fall

November 6 to December 1
Tuition: $500
Even in our most vivid memories, details fade. Sarah Messer’s essential course will help you mine memory through research techniques like archival work, interviewing, travel, music, and information-gathering in order to create vivid, compelling...More
Anne Sanow

Revision is the Writing: Prose Workshop, Summer

July 31 to August 25
Tuition: $500
It’s easy to resist revision as the “work” part of creating—but when you embrace it fully as part of the creative process, your writing will start to go to new levels.  Real revision is bold and daring.  It demands that you get into the guts of...More
Peter Campion

Form From Feeling and Feeling From Form: Summer

July 10 to August 4
Tuition: $500
 This class is for people who want to improve their poems, by understanding the art more fully, from the inside out. During our four weeks, we’ll explore seven formal elements—action, voice, sentence, phrase, line, sound, and metaphor—while...More