Classes & Workshops

Through the Classes & Workshops program, the Poetry Center offers continuing education in creative writing and literature. Non-credit courses taught by local and visiting writers, including University of Arizona faculty, meet in the evenings and on weekends. We offer two types courses: workshops and classes.

A workshop provides participants with time, space, community, and resources to make progress in your creative writing. We offer writing workshops in many genres, forms, topics, and areas of interest. We also offer interdisciplinary workshops that combine writing with the visual arts, such as letterpress printing, bookmaking, film, etc. In a workshop, you can expect to play, experiment, evaluate, learn, and above all, create. Most workshops also provide the opportunity for you to share your work with the instructor and other students. And at the end of the fall and spring semesters, Classes & Workshops participants and instructors are invited to read in a public reading.

We also offer literature classes on topics in poetry. In these classes, participants critically read and discuss published poetry to gain a greater understanding of the origins, structures, and contexts of the work. In a class, your focus will be on studying published work, rather than working on your own writing.

A list of courses offered in recent sessions is available here.

There is room in our Classes and Workshops program for writers and readers of all levels of experience. Click here for info about registration, scholarships to help you pay the registration fee for a course, and registration cancellation.

Begins 06/02/2014 - 6:00pm

Eight Mondays: June 2 through July 21
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Tuition: $255 + $15 course material fee = $270 total

This eight-week course will concentrate on the craft and structure of the short story. Our focus will be on ten specific elements of short fiction that allow writers to compose clear, direct prose, and as a result to...

Begins 07/07/2014 - 6:00pm

Four Sessions: July 7, 10, 14, and 17
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Tuition: $120 + $5 course material fee = $125 total

In this generative poetry class, we will experience the paradox of imitation: by suppressing originality, we will circumvent our limiting habits and create something fresh and surprising to ourselves. Guided by numerous...

Begins 07/12/2014 - 9:00am

Two Sessions: July 12 and 13
9:00 am to 5:00 pm (one-hour lunch break)
Tuition: $195

In this weekend workshop, students will learn the basics of hand-setting wood type and letterpress printing to create a poster based on a very short text of their choice. The workshop will focus on exploring the relationship between voice and...

Begins 07/19/2014 - 1:00pm

Two Sessions: July 19 and 20
1:00 to 5:00 pm
Tuition: $115

There’s an adage that goes: Writing is as much about what is not on the page as what is. Taking this claim as a challenge to work within, around, and through the negative space of text, in this workshop we will practice the poetry cross-out. By looking at...

Begins 08/11/2014 - 10:00am

Two Sessions: August 11 and 12
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Tuition: $55

This workshop will focus on the success of narrative and lyric within a poem while keeping in mind ideas of restraint and concision in language, of letting go of the need to explain and contextualize ideas and images, in order for the poem to accomplish a lot...

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