Jumpstart Your Poetry Practice: How Poems Are Made with Elaine Sexton

    Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 5:30 PM until Monday, June 28, 2021 at 7:30 PMEastern Daylight Time

    Instructor: Elaine Sexton
    2 hour VIRTUAL session on Mondays
    First session is Tuesday, June 1 then Mondays thereafter (June 7, 14, 21, 28)
    5:30 PM to 7:30 PM EST
    Workshop is limited to 15 registrants

    Course Description
    Everyone benefits by revisiting the basics, by reading the most striking new poems and the poems that informed them. We learn from trying out the scaffoldings great poems are built on. 

    In this workshop we will take a fresh look at how poems are made, devices that are new, and others made fresh under informed review. In-class lessons and at-home writing exercises will be followed by constructive critiques aimed at building on the best lines in your drafts. 

    You will leave this five-week workshop with the start of five new poems and at least as many practical strategies to use going forward. Weekly handouts include poems, prompts, and essays by poets on poetry prepared for you to read and try out between classes. Beginners Welcome! (for returning writers: all new class material each semester).

    Who Should Take This Class?
    Writers returning to re-charge their poetry practice--beginners welcome! 

    Your Instructor
    Elaine Sexton’s most recent collection of poetry is Prospect/Refuge (Sheep Meadow Press), her fourth, Drive, is forthcoming with Grid Books (2022). A long-time member of the faculty at the Writing Institute, she has also taught workshops & seminars in poetry, the chapbook, bookmaking, and text & image at various writing and art programs in the U.S. and abroad, including New York University, City College, Poets House, and Art Workshop International (Assisi, Italy). An editor and micro-publisher, she is also a member of the National Book Critics Circle. elainesexton.org    

    “At The Writing Institute I first saw myself as a poet. Elaine Sexton encouraged me to experiment with forms I would not have tried, and helped me collect a group of poems to form my first chapbook.” - Marion Brown, The Morning After Summer

    “I continue to rely on and work with Elaine Sexton to this day. She is one of the most generous and inspiring teachers I have known." - Linda Hillman Chayes, The Lapse


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