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Jacqueline Jones Lamon

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

January 30 to February 3, 2017
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
Jillian Weise

The Poet as Spy: 4 Tricks from Espionage: Winter

January 30 to February 3, 2017
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
Rosie Schaap

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

February 6 to March 3, 2017
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
Sarah Messer

Facts, Research, and Memoir: Winter

February 6 to March 3, 2017
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
Meg Day

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

February 6 to February 10, 2017
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
Daisy Fried

Writing Poems that Don't Fit

February 6 to March 3, 2017
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
Sam Sax

Heeeeeey!: Queer Poetics

February 13 to February 17, 2017
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
Devi Lockwood

Tangible Things: Object-based Storytelling

February 13 to February 17, 2017
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
Julie Carr

The Epistolary Poem

February 13 to February 17, 2017
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
CA Conrad

Queer Bodies Poetry Workshop

February 20 to February 24, 2017
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
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Narrating Memoir: Who’s Telling Your Life Story?

February 27 to March 3, 2017
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
Rebecca Lindenberg

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

February 27 to March 3, 2017
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
Laura Madeline Wiseman

Delightful Duos: Collaborating Poets

March 6 to March 31, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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
Cam Terwilliger

Flash Fiction: Spring

March 6 to March 10, 2017
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
Ann Hood

Jumpstart Your Memoir: Spring

March 6 to March 10, 2017
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
Hilary Price

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

March 6 to March 10, 2017
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
Gabrielle Calvocoressi

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

March 6 to March 10, 2017
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
Ada Limón

Staying True: Authenticity and Voice: Spring

March 6 to April 28, 2017
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
Rebecca Seiferle

The Poem’s Intention

March 6 to March 31, 2017
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
Elizabeth Bradfield

The Project Book: Spring

March 6 to March 31, 2017
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
Sara Roahen

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

March 6 to March 10, 2017
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
Lydia Millet

Fierce Fiction in Five Days: Spring

March 13 to March 17, 2017
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
Juliana Spahr

Five Not Entirely Possible Assignments

March 13 to March 17, 2017
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
Suzanne Rivecca

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

March 13 to May 5, 2017
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
Ed Skoog

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

March 13 to May 5, 2017
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
Sara Eliza Johnson

Language and the Lucid Dream: Spring

March 13 to May 5, 2017
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
Carolyn Forché

Writing New Poems: Spring

March 13 to March 17, 2017
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
Nomi Stone

Anthro-Poetics: Living, Seeing, and Wonder

March 20 to March 24, 2017
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
Michelle Tea

Memoir that Reads Like Fiction: Spring

March 20 to March 24, 2017
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
Anne Sanow

Revision is the Writing: Prose Workshop

March 20 to April 14, 2017
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
Rebecca Gayle Howell

We All Write Sentences: Spring

March 20 to March 24, 2017
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
Rebecca Lindenberg

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

March 20 to March 24, 2017
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
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
Nancy Pearson

15 Works: Spring

March 27 to April 21, 2017
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
Meghan O'Gieblyn

Conversions and Deconversions

March 27 to April 21, 2017
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
Rebecca Seiferle

The Poetic Sequence

March 27 to May 5, 2017
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
Jennifer Tseng

Writing the Forbidden: Fiction

March 27 to March 31, 2017
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
Ann Hood

Writing the Personal Essay: Spring

March 27 to April 21, 2017
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
Sarah Messer

Facts, Research, and Memoir: Spring

April 3 to April 28, 2017
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
Fred Marchant

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

April 3 to April 7, 2017
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
Rebecca Gayle Howell

Translation as Creative Practice: Spring

April 3 to April 28, 2017
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
Laura Madeline Wiseman

Transportation: On Getting There and Getting Poems

April 3 to April 28, 2017
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
Michael White

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

April 3 to April 28, 2017
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
Jacqueline Jones Lamon

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

April 10 to April 14, 2017
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
Alix Ohlin

Making Beautiful Sentences

April 10 to May 5, 2017
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
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
Jacqueline Kolosov

Voice-Driven and Urgent: Contemporary Young Adult Fiction

April 10 to May 5, 2017
Tuition:
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
Dariel Suarez

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

April 17 to April 21, 2017
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
Meg Day

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

April 17 to April 21, 2017
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
Rebecca Lindenberg

What I Should Have Said: One Week of Funny Poems

April 17 to April 21, 2017
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
Reginald Dwayne Betts

Juxtaposing the Public & Private to Add Depth to Poetry

April 24 to April 28, 2017
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

April 24 to April 28, 2017
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
Matthew Neill Null

Healthful Chaos: Lessons in Revising Short Stories from Isaac Babel

May 1 to May 5, 2017
Tuition: $500
The best stories don't move from point A to point B; they make sharp, angular turns; they leave the reader a bit dizzy and unsettled.  It is a hard skill for a writer to master because one must make so many counterintuitive choices.  We'll take our...More
Matthew Olzmann

Surprise and Revelation: Building and Overthrowing Expectations in a Poem

May 1 to May 5, 2017
Tuition: $500
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
Alicia Oltuski

The Literary Interview

May 1 to May 5, 2017
Tuition: $500
A growing and transforming art form in both online and print magazines—and one of the most incisive means of connecting artists with audiences—the interview has become a vital and highly-read genre. Participants of this one-week intensive class...More
Jillian Weise

The Poet as Spy: 4 Tricks from Espionage: Spring

May 1 to May 5, 2017
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 agent...More
Lydia Millet

Fierce Fiction: Five Days in May

May 8 to May 12, 2017
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
Peter Campion

Form From Feeling and Feeling From Form: Spring

May 8 to June 2, 2017
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

May 8 to June 30, 2017
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
Jennifer Tseng

Writing the Forbidden: Poetry

May 8 to May 12, 2017
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
Sandra Beasley

Your Voice: Work It, Raise It, Change It

May 8 to May 12, 2017
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
Nancy Pearson

15 Works: June

June 5 to June 30, 2017
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
Anne Sanow

Revision is the Writing: Prose Workshop, June

June 5 to June 30, 2017
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: June

June 5 to June 30, 2017
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