Get the Book Done: A Poetry Manuscript Revision Workshop

Designed for poets who are at work on a nearly completed or completed poetry manuscript, this rigorous manuscript-revision workshop will push participants to read, write and revise with the intention of leaving the course with a book ready to submit to publishers. We will study three acclaimed debut poetry collections in full—first books by Richard Siken, Joan Kwon Glass and Keith S. Wilson—as well as excerpts from first books by Cathy Linh Che, Natalie Diaz, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Vanessa Angélica Villarreal and others that will serve as models for addressing the following six topics: 1) revising the manuscript to avoid redundancy, 2) revising the manuscript to take risks and fill in holes, 3) structuring and sequencing, 4) the work of the first poem, 5) the work of the last poem and 6) titling the book and its contents.

Each week’s discussion will also inspire a generative poetry prompt, and participants will have the chance to write and receive feedback on at least six new poems, three of which will be workshopped with the class. This eight-week course will consist of seven synchronous virtual class meetings and, in lieu of a class in week six, a one-hour one-on-one manuscript consultation with the instructor. Finally, everyone will have the opportunity to give guided, positive manuscript feedback to—and receive this feedback from—one other poet in the class. This course is not for the faint of heart or pressed for time. The ideal participant will have already made serious headway in the marathon of book-making and just needs the inspiration, structure and fuel to complete this unforgiving race. You’re almost at the finish line. This class will help you cross it.

Workshop Details

  • Teacher: Eugenia Leigh
  • Level: III
  • Dates: Oct 2–Nov 20, 2022
  • Time: Sundays, 2:00–5:00 pm (ET)
  • Location: online via Zoom
  • Cost: $545
  • Class size: 4-8 students
  • Writing Sample: book excerpt (15–20 pages)
  • Registration deadline: SUN, SEP 25, 2022
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off through SUN, SEPT 18
Eugenia Leigh

Eugenia Leigh

Eugenia Leigh is a Korean American poet and the author of Bianca (Four Way Books, forthcoming March 2023) and Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows (Four Way Books, 2014). Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications including the Nation, Ploughshares, Waxwing and the 2017 Best of the Net Anthology. The recipient of Poetry’s 2021 Bess Hokin Prize as well as fellowships and awards from Poets & Writers Magazine, Kundiman and others, Eugenia received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and serves as a poetry editor at the Adroit Journal.