24PearlStreet Workshop List

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Lisa Duffy

Elements of Craft: A Fiction Workshop

May 29 to June 23, 2017
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
Ed Skoog

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

May 29 to June 23, 2017
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
Paula Bohince

Small but Mighty

May 29 to June 2, 2017
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
Aamina Ahmad

TV Pilot Boot Camp!

May 29 to June 2, 2017
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
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
Paula Bohince

Ekphrasis: Poems from Visual Art

June 5 to June 9, 2017
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
Joseph O. Legaspi

I Must Confess

June 5 to June 30, 2017
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
CA Conrad

JUNO: An Online (Soma)tic Poetry Workshop

June 5 to June 30, 2017
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
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
D. Gilson

Life Drawing: Public Persona Poetry

June 5 to June 9, 2017
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
Aamina Ahmad

Long form screenwriting; stories that move us.

June 5 to June 30, 2017
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
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
Rebecca Gayle Howell

Translation as Creative Practice

June 5 to June 30, 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
Rebecca Lindenberg

What I Should Have Said: Writing Funny Poems

June 5 to June 30, 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
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
Mark Wunderlich

Getting Poems Started, Keeping Them Going

June 12 to July 7, 2017
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
Rosie Schaap

Writing About Food & Drink

June 12 to July 7, 2017
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
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
Jason Zuzga

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

June 12 to June 16, 2017
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
Chloe Garcia Roberts

Crossing Borders and Subverting Genre: The Lyric Essay

June 19 to June 23, 2017
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
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
Meg Day

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

June 19 to July 14, 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 course we will be in conversation with how poetry informs our public & private responses to...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
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram

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

June 26 to July 21, 2017
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
Meghan O'Gieblyn

Place in Memoir

June 26 to August 11, 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
Paisley Rekdal

Towards a Documentary Poetics

June 26 to July 21, 2017
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
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
Nancy Pearson

15 Works: July

July 3 to July 28, 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
Peter Campion

Form From Feeling and Feeling From Form: Summer

July 10 to August 4, 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
Ann Hood

Writing the Personal Essay: July

July 10 to August 4, 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
Lydia Millet

Fierce Fiction: Five Days

July 17 to July 21, 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
Arisa White

Know Thyself: Poetry of Personal Witness

July 17 to August 11, 2017
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
Ed Skoog

Keep Your Foot on the Sustain Pedal: Writing Long Poems in July and August

July 24 to August 18, 2017
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
Kim Addonizio

Exploring the Sonnet

July 31 to August 25, 2017
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
Nancy Pearson

15 Works: August

July 31 to August 25, 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
Sara Eliza Johnson

First and Last(ing) Impressions: A Poetry Workshop

July 31 to August 25, 2017
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 and Voice: Summer

July 31 to August 25, 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
Ed Skoog

Called to Speech: A One-Week Workshop

August 21 to August 25, 2017
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
Meghan O'Gieblyn

The ‘I’ in Memoir

August 21 to August 25, 2017
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 “...More