Inviting The Poetic Muse: A Poetry & Prose Workshop with Carla Carlson

    Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 12:00 PM until Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 2:00 PMEastern Daylight Time

    Instructor: Carla Carlson
    2 hour VIRTUAL sessions on Tuesdays
    12:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST
    Workshop is limited to 15 registrants

    Course Description
    An overarching theme of this class will be “in search of muse, or, said differently, “in search of one’s poetic voice.” 

    We will talk about ways of inviting the muse, and strengthening that invitation by way of time spent listening inwardly, and devotion to a daily practice. By offering a certain light, a certain level of sound, and tweaking. By way of responding to a work of visual art, natural phenomena, a literary accomplishment, or whatever the student feels compelled to.  

    We will closely examine the work of five contemporary poets, one of whom will be Ada Limón, by popular request. The class is structured  as one hour for close reading and discussion, a ten minute break, and the remainder of the two hour class is dedicated to poetry workshop. 

    Poets at any level, who are willing and open to reading diverse poets, passionate about discussing all things poetic, and ready to try new ways of utilizing and exploiting poetic material, are welcome.

    Who Should Take This Class?
    Poets, both established and beginning, and prose writers who would like to improve the distillation of their language. 

    Your Instructor
    Carla Carlson teaches reading and writing poetry at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, where she received her MFA in poetry. She is the author of the chapbook LOVE AND ORANGES, 2015, Finishing Line Press, and has had other poems published in magazines and journals. She lives in Bronxville, NY.

    “I found Carla to be extremely dedicated and thoughtful. Her in class comments on students' work were very helpful, and she also offered individual feedback.” - former student


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    Note: Details about Zoom links and any other information relevant to the workshop will be emailed to you the week before workshops begin. If you have questions about the registration process, please call us at 914-323-6170 or email

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given on one-day intensives, advanced classes, and yearlong classes where space is limited. 100% refund before 1st class (minus $50 administrative and registration fee), 50% refund after 1st class (minus $50 registration fee), no refunds after 2nd class for all other workshops. ALL cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing. Please contact with questions or to submit a refund request.