24PearlStreet Workshops and Events

Sandra Beasley Taming the Beast: Assembling Your Poetry Collection Poetry July 12 to August 6, 2021 Number of Participants: 15 Price: $550 Format: 4 Week Asynchronous Workshop


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 help you distill a sense of your book’s working “meta-text”—meaning, all the various cues you are giving readers and potential editors through titles, epigraphs, and ordering. In Week 2, you’ll receive a close reading and line edits for two opening poems; in Week 3, for two closing poems. In Week 4 we’ll return to big-picture questions by revisiting your title and table of contents, identifying different paths to publication, and sharing resources for what comes next.


Sandra Beasley is the author of Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a disability memoir. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Virginia Quarterly Review, Creative Nonfiction, LitHub, and A Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays. She is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Made to Explode, which won the Housatonic Book Award, and she edited Vinegar and Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance. Honors include the Munster Literature Centre’s John Montague Fellowship, an NEA fellowship, and six DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities fellowships.





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