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Lydia Millet

Fierce Fiction in Five Days

October 23 to October 27, 2017
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
Sara Eliza Johnson

Language and the Lucid Dream: Fall

October 23 to December 15, 2017
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
Anne Sanow

Revision is the Writing: Prose Workshop

October 23 to November 17, 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
Emilia Phillips

The Upside-Down: Contemporary Pastorals and Necropastorals: Fall

October 23 to November 17, 2017
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
Rebecca Lindenberg

Bauhaus Poetics: The Foundational Course

October 30 to December 22, 2017
Tuition: $600
Paul Klee famously wrote in his Pedagogical Sketchbooks, “A dot goes for a walk...moving freely and without goal.”  This, according to Klee, is how a dot becomes a line, then how a line becomes a plane, thus giving students the three fundamentals...More
Arisa White

Know Thyself: Poetry of Personal Witness

October 30 to November 24, 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
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Your Family Members, Your Characters

October 30 to November 3, 2017
Tuition: $400
When we write memoir or autobiographical fiction, our characters are drawn from the people we love, the people we know the best. So why is it that sometimes those characters appear the blurriest to readers, less vivid because they’re drawn from...More
Laura Madeline Wiseman

A Chapbook Workshop

November 6 to November 10, 2017
Tuition: $400
This one-week intensive workshop will focus on the chapbook manuscript, including sequencing poems, finding narrative arc, and bringing together the themes of a sequence. We’ll explore how our poems speak across a series as we revise, rethink, and...More
Sarah Messer

Facts, Research, and Memoir: Fall

November 6 to December 1, 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
Francesca Lia Block

Not Always Happily : Writing the Contemporary Fairy Tale

November 6 to November 10, 2017
Tuition: $400
During this one-week intensive I will immerse my students in the elements needed to write a contemporary fairy tale. Each day one of the following will be addressed : Who (Character), What (Plot/conflict), When/Where (Setting), How (Language) and...More
Gabrielle Calvocoressi

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

November 6 to November 10, 2017
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
Elizabeth Bradfield

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

November 6 to December 1, 2017
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
Jennifer Tseng

Start Small: What Writers Can Learn from Very Short Stories

November 6 to December 1, 2017
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
Rebecca Lindenberg

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

November 6 to November 10, 2017
Tuition: $400
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
Jacqueline Kolosov

Writing in an Age of Terror

November 6 to December 1, 2017
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
Michael White

Gazing In Gazing Out

November 13 to November 17, 2017
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
Sam Sax

Heeeeeey!: Queer Poetics

November 13 to November 17, 2017
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
Laura Madeline Wiseman

Transportation: On Getting There and Getting Poems

November 13 to December 8, 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
Ann Hood

Jumpstart Your Memoir: Fall

November 27 to December 1, 2017
Tuition: $400
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...More
Meg Day

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

November 27 to December 1, 2017
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
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Narrating Memoir: Who's Telling Your Life Story?

December 4 to December 8, 2017
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
Irina Reyn

Open That Drawer!: Reviving the Stalled Novel

December 4 to December 8, 2017
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
Kimberly Burwick

The Image, Ravenous

December 4 to December 8, 2017
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
Nicole Terez Dutton

Threading and Building: Working Toward a Manuscript

December 4 to December 8, 2017
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
Sara Roahen

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

December 4 to December 8, 2017
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
Meg Day

5 Days, 6 Poems, 7 Ways Back Home

December 11 to December 15, 2017
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
Juliana Spahr

Five Not Entirely Possible Assignments

December 11 to December 15, 2017
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
Michelle Tea

Memoir that Reads Like Fiction: Fall

December 11 to December 15, 2017
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
Rebecca Gayle Howell

We All Write Sentences: Winter

December 11 to December 15, 2017
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
Elizabeth Bradfield

Deep Revision

January 1 to January 5, 2018
Tuition: $400
Bring us your tired, your unfinished, your good-but-not-great.  If now is the time for intensive feedback on poems you've been working on for a while, join us for a week-long intensive of examining each other's poems.  Each participant will offer...More
Nancy Pearson

15 Works: Winter

January 8 to February 2, 2018
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
Nomi Stone

Anthro-Poetics: Living, Seeing, and Wonder

January 8 to January 12, 2018
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
Laura Madeline Wiseman

Delightful Duos: Collaborating Poets

January 8 to March 2, 2018
Tuition: $600
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
Suzanne Rivecca

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

January 8 to March 2, 2018
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
Emilia Phillips

I Am Trying To Be Marvelous: The Poetics of Body Positivity

January 8 to March 2, 2018
Tuition: $600
The title of our course comes from Chen Chen's "Winter," a poem that candidly describes the body's excretions while celebrating its beauty, sexuality, and humanity. In this course, we will examine the poetries that have arisen alongside the body...More
Sara Eliza Johnson

Language and the Lucid Dream: Winter

January 8 to March 2, 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
Kimberly Burwick

Mythological Gravity in Poetry

January 8 to February 2, 2018
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
Gabrielle Calvocoressi

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

January 8 to January 12, 2018
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
Meghan O'Gieblyn

Place in Memoir

January 8 to March 2, 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...More
Ada Limón

Staying True: Authenticity and Voice: Winter

January 8 to March 2, 2018
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
Heidi Jon Schmidt

Telling the Story: Eight Weeks in Winter

January 8 to March 2, 2018
Tuition: $600
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
Rebecca Seiferle

The Poetic Sequence

January 8 to March 2, 2018
Tuition: $600
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 to...More
Ann Hood

Writing the Personal Essay: Winter

January 8 to February 2, 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
Daisy Fried

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

January 8 to February 2, 2018
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
Chloe Garcia Roberts

Crossing Borders and Subverting Genre: The Lyric Essay: WINTER

January 15 to February 9, 2018
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
Lisa Duffy

Elements of Craft: A Fiction Workshop: WINTER

January 15 to February 9, 2018
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

January 15 to February 9, 2018
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
Adrian Matejka

The Music in My Head: Five Ways of Hearing a Poem

January 15 to January 19, 2018
Tuition: $400
The great poet Etheridge Knight said, “Making jazz swing in / Seventeen syllables AIN’T / No square poet’s job,” but what is a poem that doesn’t embrace its inner music? In this 1 week intensive course, we will look at 5 different ways to make the...More
Rebecca Gayle Howell

We All Write Sentences: Winter

January 15 to January 19, 2018
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
Carolyn Forché

Writing New Poems: Winter

January 15 to January 19, 2018
Tuition: $400
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
Sarah Messer

Facts, Research, and Memoir: Winter

January 22 to February 16, 2018
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
Peter Campion

Form From Feeling and Feeling From Form: Winter

January 22 to February 16, 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
Ann Hood

Jumpstart Your Memoir: Winter

January 22 to January 26, 2018
Tuition: $400
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...More
Devi Lockwood

Tell Me a Story: The Power of Deep Listening

January 22 to January 25, 2018
Tuition: $400
Daily prompts will ask you to engage in oral storytelling sessions with people around you, to make short audio recordings, and to write based on this experience. Reading and listening assignments will include the work of Anna Deavere Smith, John...More
Rebecca Gayle Howell

Translation as Creative Practice: Winter

January 22 to February 16, 2018
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
Rosie Schaap

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

February 5 to March 2, 2018
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,...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
Meg Day

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

February 5 to February 9, 2018
Tuition: $400
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
Annie Finch

Working the Beat: How to Make Poems Sing

February 5 to February 9, 2018
Tuition: $400
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
Daisy Fried

Writing Poems that Don't Fit: Winter

February 5 to March 2, 2018
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...More
Jennifer Tseng

Writing the Forbidden

February 5 to March 2, 2018
Tuition: $500
In this four-week class you will work to produce pieces 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
Michelle Tea

Memoir that Reads Like Fiction: Winter

February 12 to February 16, 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
Jillian Weise

The Poet as Spy: 4 Tricks from Espionage: Winter

February 12 to February 16, 2018
Tuition: $400
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
Devi Lockwood

Tangible Things: Object-based Storytelling

February 21 to February 25, 2018
Tuition: $400
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
Ed Skoog

Called to Speech: A One-Week Workshop

March 5 to March 9, 2018
Tuition: $400
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
Rosie Schaap

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

March 5 to March 30, 2018
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,...More
Ann Hood

Jumpstart Your Memoir: Spring

March 5 to March 9, 2018
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...More
Gabrielle Calvocoressi

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

March 5 to March 9, 2018
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
Ada Limón

Staying True: Authenticity and Voice: Spring

March 5 to April 27, 2018
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
Rebecca Seiferle

The Poem's Intention

March 5 to March 30, 2018
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
Daisy Fried

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

March 5 to March 30, 2018
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
Chloe Garcia Roberts

Crossing Borders and Subverting Genre: The Lyric Essay: SPRING

March 12 to April 6, 2018
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
Lisa Duffy

Elements of Craft: A Fiction Workshop: SPRING

March 12 to April 6, 2018
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
Peter Campion

Form From Feeling and Feeling From Form: Spring

March 12 to April 6, 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
Suzanne Rivecca

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

March 12 to May 4, 2018
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
Sara Eliza Johnson

Language and the Lucid Dream: Spring

March 12 to May 4, 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
Kimberly Burwick

Roughness, Ruckus and Rumble: Writing toward Disquietude

March 12 to May 4, 2018
Tuition: $600
Engaging the acuteness of internal and external strife, we will generate poems that do not shy away from distress, but engage this feeling head-on. We look at poets such as Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Tomaž Šalamun, Tomasz Różycki, Rebecca Gayle...More
Jillian Weise

The Poet as Spy: 4 Tricks from Espionage: Spring

March 12 to March 16, 2018
Tuition: $400
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
Emilia Phillips

The Upside-Down: Contemporary Pastorals and Necropastorals: Spring

March 12 to April 6, 2018
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
Carolyn Forché

Writing New Poems: Spring

March 12 to March 16, 2018
Tuition: $400
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
Rebecca Gayle Howell

We All Write Sentences: Spring

March 19 to March 23, 2018
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
Nancy Pearson

15 Works: Spring

March 26 to April 20, 2018
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
Ann Hood

Writing the Personal Essay: Spring

March 26 to April 20, 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
Sarah Messer

Facts, Research, and Memoir: Spring

April 2 to April 27, 2018
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

Translation as Creative Practice: Spring

April 2 to April 27, 2018
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
Daisy Fried

Writing Poems that Don't Fit: Spring

April 2 to April 27, 2018
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...More
Emilia Phillips

Call (Out): Imitation, Invective, and Conversation

April 9 to May 4, 2018
Tuition: $500
Imitation is the highest form of flattery, right? Right? In this course, we'll investigate the practices of poetic imitation and invective, and everything in between. We'll consider the role imitation plays in the development and ongoing practices...More
Michelle Tea

Memoir that Reads Like Fiction: Spring

April 9 to April 13, 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
Cam Terwilliger

Flash Fiction: Summer

May 7 to June 1, 2018
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...More
Peter Campion

Form From Feeling and Feeling From Form: Summer

May 7 to June 1, 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
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—...More
Kimberly Burwick

Mythological Gravity in Poetry: Summer

May 14 to June 8, 2018
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
Francesca Lia Block

12 Questions to Help Structure your Novel in Five Days

May 21 to May 25, 2018
Tuition: $400
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...More
Nancy Pearson

15 Works: Summer

June 4 to June 29, 2018
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
Alix Ohlin

Making Beautiful Sentences

June 4 to June 29, 2018
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

The Image, Ravenous: Summer

June 11 to June 15, 2018
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