Shaping Memory

How do we write our memories into our poems and decide which details will translate meaningfully and evocatively to the reader? In this five-week online workshop, we’ll look at various forms of poems that incorporate memory in surprising and deeply felt ways, including narrative poems, prose poems and brief lyrics. We’ll develop our own poetry that conjures a strong sense of memory while using form and craft elements in interesting ways. Each member of the class will workshop a poem each week, either a draft in progress or a new poem written out of the weekly guided prompts. We’ll talk about form and poetic techniques and get inspired to write and revise by reading compelling poems by poets such as Franz Wright, Larry Levis, Ada Limón, Marie Howe, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Li-Young Lee, Yona Harvey, Daisy Zamora, Frank Stanford, Paul Celan, Cynthia Cruz, Allison Benis White and more. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Sunday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.

Workshop Details


  • Teacher: Carlie Hoffman
  • Level: I
  • Dates: Feb 19–Mar 26, 2023 (Mar 12 off)
  • Time: Sundays, 2:00–5:00 pm (ET)
  • Location: online via Zoom
  • Cost: $395
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, FEB 12, 2023
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off through SUN, FEB 12
Carlie Hoffman

Carlie Hoffman

Carlie Hoffman is the author of When There Was Light (Four Way Books, 2023) and This Alaska (Four Way Books, 2021), winner of the NCPA Gold Award in poetry and a finalist for the Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award. A poet and translator, her honors include a 92Y Discovery Poetry Prize and a Poets & Writers Amy Award. Carlie earned her MFA in poetry from Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where she was a creative writing teaching fellow and served as graduate director of the Columbia Artist Teachers (CA/T) program. She has previously taught creative writing workshops at Columbia University, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, and the Young Women’s Leadership School. Currently, Carlie is a lecturer of creative writing at Purchase College–SUNY. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Small Orange Journal.