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WORKSHOP CATALOG

Gayle Brandeis
Write Your Memoir Like an Animal
January 24 to February 18, 2022
TUITION: $650
ASYNCHRONOUS In the 4th century, Saint Augustine wrote, “The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.” Write Your Memoir Like an Animal will help memoirists set their own lions of truth loose, and will also help them become lionhearted writers, attacking the page with... more
Kim Addonizio
WORD SHOP - LIVE
January 24 to January 28, 2022
TUITION: $575
LIVE via ZOOM: 11am-1pm (Eastern) Get ready for five days of intensive writing together! During our Zoom meetings, we’ll do all kinds of in-class prompts. We’ll read and think about some model poems to see what we can learn from them, and there will be nightly readings posted online for further inspiration. We’ll experiment with... more
Peter Campion
Form & Feeling
January 24 to February 18, 2022
TUITION: $650
ASYNCHRONOUS with OPTIONAL LIVE ELEMENTS 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... more
Ann Hood
Writing the Personal Essay
January 24 to February 18, 2022
TUITION: $650
ASYNCHRONOUS with LIVE ELEMENTS 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 Early and discuss how they have accomplished writing these... more
Elissa Altman
Intimacy, Permission, and the Heart of the Story
January 31 to February 25, 2022
TUITION: $650
ASYNCHRONOUS 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 truly engaging? How do we navigate the mine-field of story ownership and permission-to-write when crafting... more
Rebecca Seiferle
Your Interior Journey
February 7 to March 4, 2022
TUITION: $650
ASYNCHRONOUS In this workshop we’ll write about defining moments, charged bits of experience. These often intersect with other experiences—political or social—from the stories that others may tell us, to the news that we read. Drawing upon the structure of the modern poetic sequence and the experimental practices of hybrid forms, we’ll explore those defining moments... more
Tyler Mills
RADICAL REVISION: PREPARING POEMS FOR PUBLICATION
February 7 to March 4, 2022
TUITION: $650
ASYNCHRONOUS with OPTIONAL LIVE ELEMENTS So you have a draft. What now? This class is geared to helping you rip open the seams of your poems and re-enter them with fresh eyes so that you can prepare them for publication this year. We will look at the revision process of poets like Allen Ginsberg, Elizabeth... more
Chloe Caldwell
The Kaleidoscope Essay: Using Multiple Angles To Tell A Single Story
February 7 to March 4, 2022
TUITION: $650
ASYNCHRONOUS with OPTIONAL LIVE ELEMENTS: What would happen if you took one topic or experience and wrote an essay about it as if you were looking through the lens of a kaleidoscope? In my experience, the essay would be very illuminating and the topic would become very compelling! Through concrete writing exercises, craft talks, lectures,... more
Dorianne Laux
24PEARLSTREET PRESENTS SATURDAY SPRINTS! WITH DORIANNE LAUX - LIVE
February 12 to February 12, 2022
TUITION: $225
On Becoming a Poet LIVE via ZOOM: 1pm-4pm (Eastern Time) When did you first realize you were a poet, the one who held the memories, the truth-teller, the song maker, the secret-keeper, the soothsayer, the story-maker, the watcher, the healer, the shit disturber, the philosopher? We’ll look at poems that pinpoint this time in our... more
Erin Adair-Hodges
Bell, Book, and Candle: Disruptions and Incantations
February 14 to February 18, 2022
TUITION: $575
LIVE via ZOOM: 8-10pm (Eastern Time) Poems that surprise the reader happen because we allow ourselves to be surprised as writers. This workshop will create space for the strange, illogical, and otherworldly, all as a way to develop poems that move beyond our original intentions into the fantastic. more
Patricia Spears Jones
BASIC & BOLD
February 21 to February 25, 2022
TUITION: $575
LIVE via ZOOM: 6pm-8pm (Eastern Time) We often take our skills for granted—and in doing so, fall into predictable patterns. This five day Zoom workshop will focus on poetry composition from the ground up: diction, syntax, address, lineation, even rhyme (maybe) to just bring a bit more sparkle to the polish of your poems. We... more
Brian Turner
24PEARLSTREET PRESENTS SATURDAY SPRINTS! WITH BRIAN TURNER - LIVE
February 26 to February 26, 2022
TUITION: $225
Global Voices: A Poetry Workshop Focusing on 4 Poetic Forms LIVE via ZOOM: 1pm-4pm (EST) In this workshop, we’ll meet and learn from the work of several contemporary poets spanning the globe—from Africa to Asia to Europe. We will explore four poetic forms: the haibun, the alexandrine, the accordion, and the poetry of erasure &... more
Curtis Bauer
WRITING THE EVENT: A GENERATIVE PRACTICE FOR WRITING POETRY THROUGHOUT THE NEW YEAR
February 28 to March 4, 2022
TUITION: $550
ASYNCHRONOUS “Everything is an event for those who know how to tremble…” wrote the French poet and judge Jean Follain (translated here by Heather McHugh). Too often we are at a loss for what to write about, thinking that our subjects must be grand or address some supreme truth. However, the world around us is... more
Sarah Green
Spring Forward: A New Writing Habit Starter
February 28 to March 4, 2022
TUITION: $550
ASYNCHRONOUS Do you keep meaning to write but find yourself waylaid by parenting, work crises, news headlines, Netflix, or other fill-in-the-blank interlopers? Do you periodically sit down and create a draft but never seem to get back to revising it? We’ve all been there. But if nature can reinvent itself in Spring, so can you.... more
Joanne Dugan
Writing Pictures: A Collaborative Workshop for Writers and Photographers
February 28 to March 4, 2022
TUITION: $575
LIVE via ZOOM: 10am-12pm (Eastern) 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 Duane Michals exists “not to tell you what you... more
Elisa Albert
Writing Toward the Ideal Reader
March 7 to March 11, 2022
TUITION: $575
LIVE via ZOOM: 11am-1pm Trusting our instincts when it comes to voice and perspective is essential in creating vital narrative. For whom are we writing? What do we hope our stories will achieve once they no longer belong to us? What are we scared of, and how do we find the temerity to push through?... more

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