Grounding in the basics of poetic form, from metered verse to free verse. Students study models of a different form every week and practice and workshop their own poems in the form. Each workshop focuses on a specific formal practice area, such as blank verse or the sonnet; some workshops are sequenced into ten-week blocks meant to allow for sustained work in related practice areas. Workshops in blank verse and the sonnet, for example, can be taken individually or as one extended course in meter and fixed form. Taking workshops in sequence is recommended, but not required. No prior experience writing or reading poems necessary. Meant for beginning writers and readers of poetry, as well as more experienced poets wishing to shore up aspects of their formal practice.
September 27–October 25
Poetry and Memoir: Whose Story Am I Telling?
JP Howard / Boerum Hill
October 23–November 26
Tricks of Inspiration
Joanna Fuhrman / online
Free-Verse Sequence on Audience & Endings:
October 1–October 29
Dear Readers: Writing to Different Audiences
Jason Koo / Williamsburg
November 5–December 3
Guided by Surprise: Writing the Poem’s Ending
Jay Deshpande / Fort Greene