24PearlStreet Workshop List

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Sara Eliza Johnson

LANGUAGE AND THE LUCID DREAM: Summer

June 25 to August 17, 2018
Tuition: $600
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
Fred Marchant

Letters to the World

June 25 to June 29, 2018
Tuition: $400
Poets from the ancient world to the present time have often found the idea of a "letter in verse" very appealing. Sometimes that letter poem is addressed to a real person in a real time and place: a friend, a lover, a teacher, a relative, a public...More
Ed Skoog

Have You Tried the Side Door? Finding A Way In To Your Next Poems: SUMMER

July 2 to August 24, 2018
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
Peter Campion

Form From Feeling and Feeling From Form: Summer

July 9 to August 3, 2018
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—...More
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Narrating Memoir: Who's Telling Your Life Story?

July 9 to July 13, 2018
Tuition: $400
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
Meghan O'Gieblyn

Place in Memoir

July 9 to August 31, 2018
Tuition: $600
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
Duy Doan

Spontaneity, or Disruption and the Illusion of Spontaneity

July 9 to July 13, 2018
Tuition: $400
The moments that disrupt the natural movement or direction of a poem are sometimes where the poem’s pulse is most perceptible. Often we can create these moments because we’re feeling spontaneous and free to improvise. Other times we might rely on a...More
Rebecca Lindenberg

What I Should Have Said: Writing Funny Poems

July 9 to August 3, 2018
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
Sarah Green

YOUR BEST BEACH BODY: Seven Prompts to Provoke and Invite

July 9 to July 13, 2018
Tuition: $400
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
Maria Hummel

Novel Writing: Answering the Top Ten Questions

July 23 to July 27, 2018
Tuition: $400
In this course, we'll explore the top ten questions that writers need to consider when writing a novel. These questions include "Is my novel idea-based or character-based?" "What details and action will make my characters seem real and genuine on...More
Ann Hood

Writing the Personal Essay: Summer

July 23 to August 17, 2018
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
Heidi Jon Schmidt

Character and Fate

August 6 to August 31, 2018
Tuition: 500
Character is the heart of a fiction writer's work, and we will spend this month with our characters, imagining and re-imagining them and their worlds, breathing life into these unique souls whose actions and reactions drive their destiny--and story...More
Kim Addonizio

Diving into Metaphor

August 6 to August 31, 2018
Tuition: $500
“Juliet is the sun!” Shakespeare famously wrote. And Pound, just as famously, saw the faces at a Metro station as “petals on a wet, black bough.”  The magic of metaphor: one thing in terms of another.  Metaphor structures our thinking and daily...More
Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Fantastic Worlds In the Realest Poems: How Fantasy Fiction Might Help Our Hardest Realities Bloom

August 6 to September 28, 2018
Tuition: $500
What does it mean to tell the truth? And why can it often be so hard to do and/or make the poem seem nothing like the vivid, hallucinatory world of joy/sorrow/daily life? In this class we will read Fantasy Fiction by writers such as Zen Cho,...More
Major Jackson

Visionary Poetics

August 6 to August 10, 2018
Tuition: $400
We designate those poets with vision who have successfully developed an identifiable style or addressed a topic in their poetry that becomes almost synonymous with their name. For example, poets such as Lucille Clifton, Yusef Komunyakaa, CK...More
CA Conrad

Occult Poetics & (Soma)tic Poetry Rituals PART 1

August 13 to August 17, 2018
Tuition: $400
We will discuss how occult and paranormal experiences and practices of poets in the past shaped their praxis and changed the world of poetry, and in some cases even saved lives. We will read and discuss the occult poetics of Hannah Weiner, Jack...More
CA Conrad

Occult Poetics & (Soma)tic Poetry Rituals PART 2

August 20 to August 24, 2018
Tuition: $400
We will discuss how occult and paranormal experiences and practices of poets in the past shaped their praxis and changed the world of poetry, and in some cases even saved lives. We will read and discuss the occult poetics of Hoa Nguyen, Ariana...More
Erin Adair-Hodges

Fail Up—

September 3 to September 28, 2018
Tuition: $500
What often keeps our competent poems from becoming captivating ones is a fear of failure, an instinctual aversion to risk. In this class, we’ll work at unlearning this impulse, priming ourselves to jump headlong into what we’ve previously side-...More
Peter Campion

Next Steps: Summer

September 10 to September 14, 2018
Tuition: $400
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
Daisy Fried

Poetry Revision Boot Camp: Summer

September 17 to September 21, 2018
Tuition: $400
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
Philip Metres

Inviting the Infinite: Poetry and/as Prayer

September 24 to September 28, 2018
Tuition: $400
David, Mohammad, Rumi, Donne, Hopkins, Rilke, Louise Gluck, Kaveh Akbar, Danez Smith: all have written poetry as an invitation to the infinite, to wrestle with God, longing create a refuge in the eternal. In this brief workshop, we will discuss a...More
Michelle Tea

MEMOIR THAT READS LIKE FICTION: Summer

September 24 to September 28, 2018
Tuition: $400
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