Writing Convictions

“I will give him my body & what he does with it / is none of my business, / but I will say look, / I made it a whole day, still, no rain” —Danez Smith

Today, the body itself is an argued topic in which there is still no language. What the body often does with its convictions is a silent riot that finds justice in a poem. These poems become places where poets begin to curate a “language of the unheard” (MLK) to a larger audience. In this five-week online workshop, we’ll take a deeper dive into writing poems with convictions. We’ll focus on bold approaches to writing inner truths and beliefs. Each week, there will be assigned writing prompts and readings designed to help you channel an active poetic voice in writing with confidence and urgency. We’ll read work by poets such as Sun Yung Shin, Martina McGowan, William Evans, Simone White, Alice Notley, John Murillo, Patricia Smith and more. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Thursday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink.

Workshop Details


  • Teacher: Starr Davis
  • Level: II
  • Dates: Mar 23–Apr 20, 2023
  • Time: Thursdays, 6:30–9:30 pm (ET)
  • Location: online via Zoom
  • Cost: $395
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, MAR 19, 2023
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off through SUN, FEB 12
Starr Davis

Starr Davis

Starr Davis is a poet and essayist whose work has been featured in multiple literary venues such as the Kenyon Review, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-DayCatapult, and the Rumpus. Previously a 2021–2022 PEN America Writing for Justice Fellow, a 2023 Fellow for the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the creative nonfiction editor for TriQuarterly, she holds an MFA in creative writing from the City College of New York and a BA in journalism and creative writing from the University of Akron. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize anthologies in poetry and creative nonfiction, Best of the Net and Best American Essays.