If the last time you wrote a poem was during the Obama administration, this online workshop is for you. Whether you’re overwhelmed by the news, too stressed for verse, filled with ideas but daunted by procrastination, or unable to muster the motivation to finish your beginnings, this workshop will offer the support and structure you need to reconnect with your writing practice. We’ll meet once a week for an online video conference call (you’ll need a computer or a smartphone with a camera) to discuss weekly reading assignments, workshop poems and troubleshoot writing blocks. Note that weekly written work will be assigned and critiqued asynchronously on Wet Ink, but the video conference call will take place at a set time every week: Thursdays, 8–9:30 PM EST. This workshop is for poets with at least one year of experience reading and writing poetry.
Working at the intersection of literature and activism, Leigh Stein is the author of three books and the cofounder (and former executive director) of Out of the Binders, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to advancing the careers of women and gender variant writers. Her début novel The Fallback Plan made the “highbrow brilliant” quadrant of New York Magazine‘s Approval Matrix, and her poetry collection Dispatch from the Future was selected for Publishers Weekly’s Best Summer Books of 2012 list and the Rumpus Poetry Book Club. Land of Enchantment, her memoir about young love, obsession, abuse and loss, is just out from Plume. For her advocacy work, she has been called a “leading feminist” by the Washington Post and was honored as a “woman of influence” by New York Business Journal.