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Peter Campion
October 15 to November 9, 2018
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4-Week Workshop

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 generating our own new poems. I hope to give each student a better feeling for how formal elements work together, at any given moment in a poem; how they combine and separate, much like the modes of a musical scale. This won’t be an “academic” process: I believe that we all benefit from studying the fundamental formal elements, or energies, because they themselves derive from and lend new body to feeling. That’s my only doctrine, and it’s not a doctrine so much as a declaration some devout, mentally unique person might emblazon on his rooftop with Christmas lights: the formal elements of poetry derive from and lend new body to feeling. Writers with lots of experience and those new to the art are both welcome here.

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What 24PearlStreet students say:

"Peter is a wonderful instructor. This is the second time I have taken a course with him, and I am amazed at how thoughtful, thorough, individual and instructive his feedback is to each course member. Not only is his specific feedback on the students' poems helpful, but his general instruction on matters in writing is so smart and helpful. I know that I have become a better writer because of his courses."

"Peter's posts were thought-provoking and helpful.  He seems to truly care about nurturing other writers and celebrating their successes while offering his feedback."

"The prompts Peter gave were especially helpful, challenging me to take different approaches.  His comments was on student work were prompt and insightful, helping me to see possibilities for my own work and more deeply appreciate how various moves and choices strengthened other students' work."




Peter Campion is the author of three collections of poems, Other People (2005,) The Lions (2009,) and El Dorado (2013,) all published by the University of Chicago Press. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Larry Levis Reading Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize (Prix de Rome) from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Minnesota.