24PearlStreet Workshop List

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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
Nancy Pearson

Almost Certainly But Not Quite Right: Poetry Manuscript Consultation Workshop

March 27 to March 31, 2017
Tuition: $500
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
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 19, 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
Nancy Pearson

Almost Certainly But Not Quite Right At All

May 1 to May 26, 2017
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
Cam Terwilliger

Flash Fiction: Spring

May 1 to May 5, 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
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
Kimberly Burwick

Mythological Gravity in Poetry

May 8 to May 11, 2017
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
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, 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
Sandra Simonds

Shouldn’t the Sonnet?

May 15 to May 19, 2017
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 one-week intensive...More
Nathan Oates

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

May 15 to May 19, 2017
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
Sandra Simonds

From Your Diary to Publication

May 22 to June 16, 2017
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
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
Ed Skoog

Keep Your Foot on the Sustain Pedal: Writing a Long Poem

June 5 to June 9, 2017
Tuition: $500
In this workshop, participants will struggle through several drafts of a poem 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
Nathan Oates

Key to Mystery: Methods for Building Stories

June 5 to June 30, 2017
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
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
Kimberly Burwick

The Image, Ravenous

June 12 to June 16, 2017
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
Troy Jollimore

Seeing, Hearing, and Letting Poems Be

June 19 to June 23, 2017
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
Porochista Khakpour

Experimental Writing for the Non-Experimental Writers

June 26 to June 30, 2017
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
Sarah Green

Your Best Beach Body

June 26 to June 30, 2017
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