Brooklyn Poets offers small, intensive poetry workshops taught by award-winning poets, both online and in person again as of July 10—when we’ll be in our brand new space at 144 Montague Street in historic Brooklyn Heights! Our workshops provide closer engagement, teacher and peer feedback, and attention to craft than traditional graduate workshops offer—at a fraction of the price. Workshops are offered in three seasons (winter–spring, summer and fall) at three different levels: 1) Foundational Forms, 2) Contemporary Practice, 3) Manuscript Review. Workshops typically run for 5–7 weeks, with one three-hour session per week on weeknights or weekend afternoons/early evenings. Some workshops consist of one or two sessions or run asynchronously. Each workshop season culminates in a Workshop Showcase, which all students are invited to participate in. Admission to Levels I and II is by open enrollment; Level-III workshops and manuscript consultations require a writing sample.
In addition to our workshops, we offer a Mentorship Program providing developing writers with twelve months of immersive training in becoming a poet, as well as Craft Labs offering webinar instruction on elements of poetic craft. Students in need can apply for a Brooklyn Poets Fellowship to participate in a workshop or manuscript consultation for free or at reduced cost. Students can also apply for financial aid to enroll in our Mentorship Program or participate in our Craft Labs.
Grounding in the basics of poetic form, from metered verse to free verse. Students study models of a different formal approach 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, the sonnet, odes, etc. 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. View all workshops here.
Specialized workshops intended to push students beyond their usual compositional practice. Greater emphasis on working with contemporary methods and materials and drawing upon alternative modes of poetic production. Assignments and exercises sometimes take students outside the classroom to engage with the city in creative ways. Prior experience writing or reading poems is recommended, but not required. Ideal for students with some grounding in the conventions of poetic form looking to explore new avenues for writing. View all workshops here.
Advanced workshops and private consultations providing extensive feedback on previously written manuscripts, either book-length projects or shorter portfolios. Preparation of manuscripts for submissions and applications, as relevant. Meant for experienced writers: application with manuscript required. View all workshops here.