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Rowan Ricardo Phillips

AFTER GREAT PAIN A FORMAL FEELING COMES: EXPLORING EXPERIENCE THROUGH POETIC FORM - LIVE

May 10 to May 14, 2021
Tuition: $550
This workshop will focus primarily on poetic form. We will explore not merely what these particular forms are but why, how and the often underdeveloped sense of when you may think to use them. This will involve our studying, in brief, the history of...More
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Seema Reza

Breaking Open the World: Writing Fearless Memoir

May 10 to May 14, 2021
Tuition: $500
ASYNCHRONOUS CLASS with OPTIONAL LIVE ELEMENTS In this class we will write daily, building on a single topic that embodies a part of our memoir. We will experiment with form, timeline, point of view, and pacing to write lyrical memoir that is fresh...More
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Olivia Kate Cerrone

Designing Compelling Plots in Fiction

May 10 to June 4, 2021
Tuition: $550
ASYNCHRONOUS Like constructing the design of a house, great novels and short stories alike need strong, well-thought-out plot structures as the basis for establishing rich, compelling tales. How do writers design plots that are effective, absorbing...More
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Ann Hood

FINDING THE STORY IN YOUR STORY: A MEMOIR WORKSHOP - LIVE

May 10 to May 14, 2021
Tuition: $550
Tara Westover said: “I think that when memoir goes wrong, it goes wrong from too much memory, too much detail. It's about clearing all that away and just getting to the story.” This workshop will focus on clearing away what doesn’t belong and...More
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Elissa Altman

Intimacy, Permission, and the Heart of the Story

May 10 to June 4, 2021
Tuition: $550
ASYNCHRONOUS with OPTIONAL LIVE ELEMENTS Annie Dillard once said You have to take pains not to hang on the reader’s arms, like a drunk, and say ‘And then I did this and it was so interesting.’  What is it, exactly, that makes personal narrative...More
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Amber Flora Thomas

The Poetry of Place: Erasures, Journeys, and Transformations on the Way to Home

May 10 to May 14, 2021
Tuition: $500
ASYNCHRONOUS This course will offer participants an opportunity to explore nature writing and environmental poetry through experimental forms and generate new work. Challenge what it means to be at home in a world experiencing intense climate change...More
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Joan Wickersham

JUMP STARTS FOR COLD MORNINGS - LIVE

May 17 to May 21, 2021
Tuition: $550
Whether we’re writing memoir or fiction, we are always aiming for a story that feels true. How do we convey characters and situations in a way that is believable, fresh, and compelling? How do we free ourselves from what we think we’re supposed to...More
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Irina Reyn

Open That Drawer! Reviving the Stalled Novel

May 24 to May 28, 2021
Tuition: $500
ASYNCHRONOUS 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...More
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Gabrielle Calvocoressi

We’ve Got You: A Generative Week Of Poetic Possibility and Collaboration - LIVE

May 24 to May 28, 2021
Tuition: $550
LIVE - SYNCHRONOUS When we are deeply on our own what are the ways we can reach out, open to, and create new connections and possibilities in our poems and our acts of making? And how might that help us to be more present in the larger world? In...More
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Alysia Abbott

WRITING THE FAMILY: A MEMOIR WORKSHOP - LIVE

May 24 to May 28, 2021
Tuition: $550
Leo Tolstoy famously said, "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." In this week long workshop, we will explore the sticky particularities of our family stories and how best to convey them on the page. Each day...More
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Brian Turner

ALL THE WORLD IN 750 WORDS (OR LESS)! - LIVE

May 31 to June 4, 2021
Tuition: $550
In this week-long intensive, we’ll try our hand at a variety of approaches to creative nonfiction: from one sentence memoirs to what some might term ‘micro-nonfiction’ to essays spanning as far out as 750 words. Then we’ll look at ways to link short...More
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Susanna Sonnenberg

ENGAGING THE EXPERIENCE: MAKING MEANING IN MEMOIR - LIVE

May 31 to June 4, 2021
Tuition: $550
How do we turn “what happened” into a story? How do we shift through the sheer wealth of anecdote in a lived life and give it narrative purpose? Is “the truth” enough? In a confidential environment, we will examine what makes a story. This is a...More
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Yi Shun Lai

Mirror Works, Window Works: Inclusivity in Writing and Reading

June 7 to July 2, 2021
Tuition: $550
ASYNCHRONOUS In this four-week course, writers will learn the value of reading inclusively. We'll then put what we've learned by reading inclusive works to work by trying our hand at writing characters and narratives from cultures different from...More
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Kristina Marie Darling

Perfecting the Book: A Workshop for Full-Length Poetry Manuscripts

June 7 to July 30, 2021
Tuition: $650
ASYNCHRONOUS This workshop will provide detailed feedback on individual poems, as well as offering students a variety of strategies for sequencing, structuring, sectioning, and titling a full-length poetry manuscript.  We will glean insights about...More
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Campbell McGrath

POETRY & THE WORLD - LIVE

June 7 to June 11, 2021
Tuition: $550
Dynamic poems are grounded in the real world: language is rooted in the tongue, emotions stab at the heart, memories flash across a movie screen in the mind. Before we can mirror the world we need to see it clearly, and to capture it on the page...More
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Tina Chang

HYBRID BEAST - LIVE

June 14 to June 18, 2021
Tuition: $550
The word hybrid comes from the Latin hybrida which means mongrel, a creature of mixed breed. The tradition of poetry is widening, drawing from many art forms, blending and fusing to create contemporary cross-pollinated forms. In this class we will...More
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Reif Larsen

VOICE MATTERS: A FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP - LIVE

June 14 to June 18, 2021
Tuition: $550
We all know that feeling of encountering a strong narrative voice on the page. We are infected by its singularity, by its seduction, by its ruts and inconsistencies. But what, exactly, are the mechanics of a voice’s authority? As writers, how do we...More
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Gabrielle Calvocoressi

WE’VE GOT YOU: A GENERATIVE WEEK OF POETIC POSSIBILITY AND COLLABORATION - LIVE

June 14 to June 18, 2021
Tuition: $550
When we are deeply on our own what are the ways we can reach out, open to, and create new connections and possibilities in our poems and our acts of making? And how might that help us to be more present in the larger world? In this entirely...More
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Nicole J. Georges

Drawing a Line: Graphic Memoir - LIVE

June 21 to June 25, 2021
Tuition: $550
Explore and practice elements of storytelling in comics, with a focus on autobiography and fiction. Create original work through writing exercises and guided cartooning assignments and discuss work in a supportive atmosphere to highlight each artist...More
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Kimiko Hahn

THE HYBRID POEM - LIVE

June 21 to June 25, 2021
Tuition: $550
The hybrid text is not new but the word and our regard for the multi-genre approach is relatively new. So, our opening questions are: how to begin and how to make meaningful choices without succumbing to a slap-dash, trendy-looking text? Other...More
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Major Jackson

WRITING TO IMAGINE OURSELVES: A POETRY WORKSHOP - LIVE

June 21 to June 25, 2021
Tuition: $550
“I rhyme / to see myself, to set the darkness echoing.” –Seamus Heaney, “Personal Helicon” So much of writing poetry is a discovery and honoring of the self. When we are attentive and when we courageously listen to the spirit of our moment, we find...More
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Peter Campion

GOING TO THE SOURCE: A POETRY WORKSHOP - LIVE

June 28 to July 2, 2021
Tuition: $550
Improve your poems by considering the art more fully, from the inside out. Our goal will be to find new sources for our poems. What inspires us to write? How can we cultivate those energies while discovering new opportunities for our poems? Explore...More
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Jonatha Brooke

SECRETS, LIES, AND THE ESSENTIAL TRUTHS: FINDING YOUR VOICE AS A PLAYWRIGHT - LIVE

June 28 to July 2, 2021
Tuition: $550
Develop your play or solo show. In this generative workshop, we will discuss character and story, timeline, arc. We’ll dig and deepen, explore new ways into your narrative through various exercises, including dialoguing. Gain practice in writing...More
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Elissa Altman

TELLING YOUR STORY: PERMISSION & THE NEW MEMOIRIST - LIVE

June 28 to July 2, 2021
Tuition: $550
The human compulsion to tell our stories makes us who we are; the act of crafting them into engaging personal narrative elevates them beyond the abstract. But the writing of memoir often begins with the daunting questions of permission, story...More
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Nancy Pearson

15 WORKS: A POETRY WORKSHOP

July 5 to July 30, 2021
Tuition: $550
ASYNCHRONOUS 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...More
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The year 2020 has changed us all in ways we are only beginning to understand, but one thing that is true about it, is we know so much more than we did a year ago, including how much we don't know. In all of this learning, all of this seeing, in all...More
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Ada Limón

THE ART OF CONJURING: MAKING SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING - LIVE

July 5 to July 9, 2021
Tuition: $550
Where does a poem come from? How is a poem even made? Some of the world's best poets sit down and ask themselves this daily. The blank page, the sound of nothing. How does one begin? In this workshop we'll talk about how to call the poem to you, how...More
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It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Yet the addition of photographs to text yields surprising results that can greatly deepen the impact of poetry, narrative and other written forms. The text/image form, as described by artist...More
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Porsha Olayiwola

DISMANTLING THE TRADITION: ON FORM & POWER - LIVE

July 12 to July 16, 2021
Tuition: $550
Infrastructures hold tradition in place. Tradition creates social norms that last centuries. Infrastructure, both tangible and unseen, establish a system by which the norms never alter. This is true in history, social hierarchy, and literature....More
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Sarah Schulman

FICTION & NONFICTION WORKSHOP - LIVE

July 12 to July 16, 2021
Tuition: $550
A craft-based workshop for fiction and non-fiction writers on ALL levels: from true beginner to the multiply published, working on witnessing our extraordinary time, expressing the experience of living now in the context of others, and representing...More
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Sandra Beasley

Taming the Beast: Assembling Your Poetry Collection

July 12 to August 6, 2021
Tuition: $550
ASYNCHRONOUS Are you proud of individual poems, but daunted by putting together a whole manuscript? This class, which can be used for chapbook or full-length collections, takes an approach that balances craft and pragmatics. In Week One, we will...More
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Eileen Myles

THE FUTURE: A POETRY WORKSHOP IN 2021 - LIVE

July 12 to July 16, 2021
Tuition: $550
I've always liked poetry workshops. You meet a weird and interesting new group of people, you'll write a poem you never imagined and you are turned on to work by poets you've never read before. I feel certain that will happen in July of 2021. At the...More
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Fred Marchant

ENERGIES OF THE DREAM: A POETRY WORKSHOP - LIVE

July 19 to July 23, 2021
Tuition: $550
Just think of how many dreams you have during any given week! Think of the imaginative energy that pours into, and emanates from those images and stories. Think too of how such imaginative energy might be brought to bear on your poetry and on your...More
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Marion Winik

MEMOIR BOOT CAMP - LIVE

July 19 to July 23, 2021
Tuition: $550
Are you ready for "a short, intensive, and rigorous course of training"? That's what boot camp is all about. Our week together will be devoted to creating and workshopping new material using approaches that may be a bit different than what you may...More
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Martha Rhodes

REVISING & GENERATING, CREATING NEW FROM THE OLD: A POETRY WORKSHOP - LIVE

July 19 to July 23, 2021
Tuition: $550
Our workshop will focus on participants’ poems with an eye to revision, primarily. We’ll discuss strategies that can be employed to both bring the poem to fuller realization, as well as ways that we can discover alternative possibilities for the...More
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Erin Belieu

VISION & REVISION: A POETRY WORKSHOP - LIVE

July 19 to July 23, 2021
Tuition: $550
In this workshop, you will decide if you're more interested in generating new work or in sharing previously drafted work with the group (or some combination of both). I will bring in poems every day as models of various craft elements for our...More
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Andre Dubus III

DO NOT THINK, DREAM: FICTION & CREATIVE NONFICTION WORKSHOP - LIVE

July 26 to July 30, 2021
Tuition: $550
If I teach nothing in my writing classes, I teach this: do not outline your novel or novella or short story or essay. Do not think out the plot, the narrative arc, the protagonist’s journey, whatever you want to call it. Instead, try to find the...More
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Michael Collier

TRANSLATION & REVISION: A GENERATIVE POETRY WORKSHOP - LIVE

July 26 to July 30, 2021
Tuition: $550
Translation as (re)vision is a generative workshop in which cribs will be used to produce versions of poems by Constantine Cavafy, Rainer Maria Rilke, Gabriela Mistral, Félix Morisseau-Leroy, and others. The workshop is designed to provide a...More
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Mark Conway

WHAT YOU’RE WILLING TO DISCOVER - LIVE

July 26 to July 30, 2021
Tuition: $550
Yusef Komunkyakaa said, “Don’t write what you know. Write what you are willing to discover.” In this poetry workshop we’ll concentrate on writing toward the deep, difficult-to-reach poem, writing that relies on intuition, half-glimpsed inner visions...More
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John Murillo

CUT, SCRATCH & BLEND: REVISION AS REMIX - LIVE

August 2 to August 6, 2021
Tuition: $550
“Poetry,” writes Yusef Komunyakaa in his essay collection Blue Notes, “is an act of meditation and improvisation. And need is the motor that propels the words down the silent white space.” In this workshop, participants will consider various ...More
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Matthew Olzmann

LOVE POEMS - LIVE

August 2 to August 6, 2021
Tuition: $550
Why do these things feel impossible to write? How can a poem risk vulnerability without crushing us under the weight of sentimentality? Why are so many love poems so very sad? How can the abstract experience of a specific emotion be made tangible?...More
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Nicole Sealey

SEEING IS BELIEVING: DRAFTING THE LASTING IMAGE - LIVE

August 2 to August 6, 2021
Tuition: $550
In The Poet’s Companion, Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux argue that images should “produce a bit of magic, a reality so real it is ‘like being alive twice.’” As we know, images are closely linked to memory. As poets, after mining our respective...More
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Sabrina Orah Mark

WRITING YOUR OBSESSION

August 2 to August 27, 2021
Tuition: $550
ASYNCHRONOUS In this four-week workshop you will write the living daylights out of that thing that writes the living daylights out of you. What, like a fixed star, is at the center of your heart? What is your hobbyhorse, your idee fixe, your charge...More
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Paul Lisicky

ON URGENCY: MEMOIR/CREATIVE NONFICTION THROUGH A QUEER LENS - LIVE

August 9 to August 13, 2021
Tuition: $550
What does it mean to write memoir and creative nonfiction as a queer person in 2021? What silences do we sense in the archive and in ourselves? How do we tap into our personal urgency to fill up those spaces with imagination? And what does it feel...More
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Gail Mazur

WRITING POEMS: VISION & REVISION - LIVE

August 9 to August 13, 2021
Tuition: $550
Often the best, most surprising inspirations for revision comes from close readings of poems new to us. Together we’ll look at poems and write new poems. Every day! All of us! We’ll give ourselves and our writing a figurative shake or two, talk...More
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Marcie Hershman

WRITING IN INTERESTING TIMES - LIVE

August 16 to August 20, 2021
Tuition: $550
As a much-quoted curse of debatable origins has it: “May you live in interesting times!”  For the past year the coronavirus pandemic has demanded all our attention.  It has changed everything, challenging us to determine what we can trust, where we...More
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Nick Flynn

MEMOIR AS BEWILDERMENT - LIVE

August 23 to August 27, 2021
Tuition: $550
In The Unnamable, Beckett offers this: "Dear incomprehension, it’s thanks to you I’ll be myself in the end." In our week together, I would like to examine this idea by thinking about the concept of "bewilderment" and how it gets acted out in our...More
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Victoria Redel

POSSIBILITIES & NECESSITIES: A FICTION WORKSHOP - LIVE

August 23 to August 27, 2021
Tuition: $550
This workshop focuses on possibilities within a work of fiction—what are the possibilities and limitations found in choices of narrative point of view, syntax, time, memory, story structure, sentences, omission, openings, closure, objects, dialogue...More
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Marie Howe

TRANSFORMATION - LIVE

August 23 to August 27, 2021
Tuition: $550
Transformation. How do we achieve this in writing a poem?  We will meet for 5 days, and each day we will invite transformative poets and poems into our rooms: We will read poets  who give close attention to one thing , poets  who praise ( and praise...More