24PearlStreet Upcoming Workshops

Paul Guest
Poetry & the Apocalypse
October 16 to October 20, 2023
Tuition: $550
ASYNCHRONOUS How do we write poems about this moment, about right now, about global warming and walls and guns and oceans filled with plastic? How do we balance the historic with the lyric, the personal with the political? How can we make art from witness? In this workshop we will read poems by Ada Limón,... more
Rebecca Seiferle
The Poem's Intention
October 16 to November 10, 2023
Tuition: $650
ASYNCHRONOUS Often, a poem has its own intentions that are at odds with the intentions of the poet. The poet will begin the poem with a certain aim, feeling, perspective, or subject, only to find that the poem veers into unknown territory. Often the preferred method of revision is to ‘correct’ the poem by deleting... more
Nathan McClain
Duck, Duck, ______: Patterns & So On
October 23 to October 27, 2023
Tuition: $575
LIVE via Zoom: 7pm-9pm (Eastern Time) Recent Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Carl Phillips, has written, that “at the end of the day, poetry is patterned language.” It is the relationship between pattern and what he calls, “the meaningful disruption of that pattern,” that gives poetry the muscularity required to become memorable. In this primarily generative writing... more
Jennifer L. Knox
The Intersection of Comedy & Poetry
October 23 to October 27, 2023
Tuition: $550
ASYNCHRONOUS Comedy and poetry have much in common. They both transform highly subjective sensory experiences into transcendent social responses. And they both create surprise—the Yahtzee of all social responses—which motivates us to re-engage with increasingly complex tasks and environments. In this generative workshop, we will explore theories of how humor works alongside examples of comedic... more
Keetje Kuipers
A Poetics of Humility: Writing Worm-Level Poems
October 30 to November 3, 2023
Tuition: $575
LIVE via Zoom: 2pm-4pm (Eastern Time) Writing a poem is always a vulnerable undertaking, but it becomes an even more delicate and dangerous act when we as people rather than as poets are implicated in the act. The Latin root of the word humility, “humus,” means “of the earth.” So to humble ourselves inside the... more
Leila Chatti
Poetry is Fun! How to Banish Writer's Block, Overcome Fear, & Recover Your Original Spark
November 6 to November 10, 2023
Tuition: $575
LIVE via ZOOM: 6pm-8pm (Eastern Time) In the course of pursuing publication or a career built around writing, many writers find themselves frustrated, anxious, or creatively blocked, and it can be difficult to find a way back to the original love of writing for its own sake. In this workshop, we will work to disrupt... more
Curtis Bauer
Writing the Event: a Generative Poetry Workshop
November 13 to November 17, 2023
Tuition: $550
ASYNCHRONOUS with OPTIONAL LIVE ELEMENTS “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... more
Jennifer Franklin
"Dare you see a Soul at the White Heat?" Writing Intensity in the Short Poem
November 13 to November 17, 2023
Tuition: $550
ASYNCHRONOUS What is the age-old attraction of the short poem for poets and readers alike and how can we learn, through our examination of a selection of brief poems, how to create a small poem that packs a huge punch. In this class, we will examine the way short poems can serve any purpose—they can... more
Melissa Studdard
To Whom It May Concern: an Epistolary Poetry Workshop
November 27 to December 1, 2023
Tuition: $575
LIVE via ZOOM: 8:30pm-10:30pm (Eastern Time) The moon did not become the sun. It just fell on the desert in great sheets, reams of silver handmade by you. —Agha Shahid Ali   In this dynamic, generative workshop, we will join the epistolary poetic tradition by writing letter poems to ourselves, abstract concepts, institutions, other people,... more
Dorianne Laux
Finger Exercises for Poets
December 4 to December 8, 2023
Tuition: $575
LIVE via ZOOM: 2pm-4pm (Eastern Time) Write new poems and receive in-depth feedback from poet Dorianne Laux. Poet Dorianne Laux will lead participants in five writing prompts, or “finger exercises” from her forthcoming book, Finger Exercises for Poets (W.W. Norton, fall 2024). Writers will generate new poems and receive feedback on work drafted during this... more
Jason Schneiderman
Writing the Sonnet in the 21st Century
December 4 to December 8, 2023
Tuition: $575
LIVE via ZOOM: 2pm-4pm (Eastern Time) Half a millennium after entering English, the sonnet retains its fascination for poets in the Anglophone world, even as the form and what it can do is constantly being transformed in contemporary hands. In this generative workshop, we’ll review the basics of the sonnet’s form and history, before exploring... more
Martha Rhodes
Revision & Discovery: a Poetry Workshop
December 4 to December 8, 2023
Tuition: $575
LIVE via ZOOM: 3pm-5pm (Eastern Time) Revision, for me, is part of the generative process. We keep writing until we feel that the poem is realized. And we may well end up where we thought we were going, or… someplace utterly, wonderfully, mindbogglingly different. We’ll look at different revision / generative techniques when we look... more
Allison Joseph
Keeping Busy: Writing Through Dry Spells, Blocks, & Boredom
December 11 to December 15, 2023
Tuition: $575
 LIVE via ZOOM: 2pm-4pm (Eastern Time) In this workshop, I will share tricks and exercises that keep me writing when everything else in my world seems to want me to not write. We will do generative exercises on micro and short poems, fixed poetic forms on the smaller side (rondeau, cinquain, triolet), and will also... more

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