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 09/06/2014 - 11:00am

Registration for this course is closed.

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

Foragers know their territory, and are willing and curious collectors and pathfinders.  Using the borrowed lexicon of rockhounding, wildcrafting, sampling, assemblage and more,  we will think over foraging...

Begins 10/18/2014 - 12:00pm

SOLD OUT. To be placed on the waiting list, email Cybele Knowles at knowles@email.arizona.edu.

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

SOLD OUT. To be placed on the waiting list, email Cybele Knowles at knowles@email.arizona.edu.

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 11/08/2014 - 10:00am

SOLD OUT. To be placed on the waiting list, email Cybele Knowles at knowles@email.arizona.edu.

Saturday, November 8
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

SOLD OUT. To be placed on the waiting list, email Cybele Knowles at knowles@email.arizona.edu.

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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