24PearlStreet Workshop List

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Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Narrating Memoir: Who's Telling Your Life Story?

April 30 to May 4, 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
Nomi Stone

Anthro-Poetics: Living, Seeing, and Wonder

May 7 to May 11, 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
Cam Terwilliger

Flash Fiction: Spring

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
Sarah Rose Nordgren

Griffins, Harpies, and Jackalopes: Hybrid Poetics

May 7 to May 11, 2018
Tuition: $400
"What grows in that place is possessed of a beauty all its own, ramshackle and unexpected.”- Campbell McGrath, “The Prose Poem”Poetry’s history is one of change, of expansion in and out of new forms, purposes, contexts. It wasn’t too long ago that...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
Joseph Cassara

Narrative Voice & Setting: Inhabiting The Fictional World

May 7 to June 29, 2018
Tuition: $600
Engaging characters and settings have the potential to be the most memorable aspects in our fiction, staying in our readers’ mind long after they finish reading. In this workshop, we will examine a variety approaches to hone our voice and build...More
Kimberly Burwick

Mythological Gravity in Poetry: Spring

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
Rebecca Lindenberg

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

May 14 to May 18, 2018
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
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
Meg Day

5 Days, 6 Poems, 7 Ways Back Home: Summer

June 4 to June 8, 2018
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
Ann Hood

Jumpstart Your Memoir: Summer

June 4 to June 8, 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 get...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
Natalie Shapero

Other Voices, Other Rooms

June 4 to June 8, 2018
Tuition: $400
This one-week, generative workshop will explore how, when, and why to incorporate external voices, sources, and ideas into your poetic projects. When might a poet utilize external material in order to cultivate a unique persona on the page? As a...More
Sarah Rose Nordgren

The Sources of Poetry

June 4 to July 26, 2018
Tuition: $600
In Sarah Rose Nordgren's workshop you'll explore the inner obsessions and sources that fuel your urge to write. Through guided prompts that will encourage you to experiment, you will learn to write poems that really matter and that are charged...More
Emilia Phillips

Every Phantom // A Story: Erasure and Revision

June 11 to August 9, 2018
Tuition: $600
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
Elizabeth Bradfield

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

June 11 to July 6, 2018
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
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
24PearlStreet Staff

Writers' Work Groups: Pilot Term

June 11 to October 26, 2018
Tuition: $125
24PearlStreet is thrilled to introduce Writers' Work Groups, a new program designed to extend the online workshop experience and provide a space for writers to work alongside one another.   A 24PearlStreet Writers’ Work Group offers:   Customized...More
Oliver de la Paz

Lovers, Liars, Monsters, Saints: You and the Persona Poem

June 18 to July 13, 2018
Tuition: $500
Ancient Greeks wore masks to express the emotions of the characters they were playing during dramatic productions. There was a pragmatic reason for this--it was often difficult for those seated far away to see what emotion the character being...More
Maria Hummel

Beginning Your Mystery Novel

June 18 to June 22, 2018
Tuition: $400
Tana French, Kate Atkinson, and Gillian Flynn are part of an explosion of new mystery novelists who are stretching the strict conventions of this long-beloved genre to make timely, original books. If you’ve ever daydreamed about joining them, this...More
Gabrielle Calvocoressi

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

June 18 to June 22, 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
Annie Finch

Working the Beat More; How to Make Poems Sing in Depth

June 18 to July 13, 2018
Tuition: $500
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
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
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 also build (Soma)tic poetry rituals as well as collectively...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 of poets alive today are shaping their writing practices and how their shared knowledge is changing poetry as we know it.  We will also build (Soma)tic poetry rituals as well as collectively...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