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 08/11/2014 - 10:00am

THIS COURSE IS SOLD OUT

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

Successful short poems create energy between a limited number of elements within a small space, and in the silence of what is left unsaid. In this workshop, we’ll study the language of short poems and then write and share some of our own. We’ll...

Begins 09/06/2014 - 11:00am

Onlne registration for this course opens in early August. To register, please check back then!
 

Two Saturdays, September 6 and 13
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tuition: $5 reservation fee per parent/child pair
Appropriate for children ages 8 to 12

In this workshop, parents and their children will have the unique opportunity to connect and inspire one another by writing poetry together. Research shows that family members...

Begins 09/06/2014 - 11:00am

Online registration for this course opens in early August. To register, please check back then!

Six Saturdays, September 6 through October 11
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Tuition: $170

Foragers know their territory, are willing and curious collectors, and are fearless seekers and pathfinders.  Borrowing from behavioral ecology, we will think over foraging concepts as they relate to writing (exploration, identification,...

Begins 10/18/2014 - 12:00pm

Online registration for this course opens in early August. To register, please check back then!

Six Saturdays, October 18 through December 6 (no class on Nov 1 or Nov 29)
12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.
Tuition: $170

[Photography is] like taking little flashes in your notebook, little flashes of thought. ― Allen Ginsberg

A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know. ―...

$170
Begins 11/01/2014 - 10:00am

Online registration for this course opens in early August. To register, please check back then!

Saturday, November 1
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (with an hour lunch break)
Tuition: $50

Most poets write from some aspect of experience or witness, often crafting poems that tell stories broken into lines and sprinkled with poetic devices such as similes and metaphors. In this workshop, we will concentrate on identifying the...

Begins 11/22/2014 - 1:00pm

Online registration for this course opens in early August. To register, please check back then!

Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $75

An image is more than what we “show” our readers—it is story, it is history, it is emotion. When we seek the “perfect” image, we filter our writing and cut ourselves off from the possibilities of meaning and emotion—the...

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