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 01/31/2015 - 11:00am

The registration period for this and other Spring 2015 courses opens on January 5.

Four Saturdays, January 31 through February 28 (no class on February 14)
11:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.
Registration: $170.00 + $5.00 course material fee = $175.00

In this workshop we will study the lyrical structure of poem sequences and create or revise a poem sequence of our own. A sequence is a long poem that combines shorter...

Tuition: $175
Taught by:
Begins 02/02/2015 - 6:15pm

The registration period for this and other Spring 2015 courses opens on January 5.

Six Mondays, February 2 to March 9, 6:15 to 8:00 p.m.
and Saturday, February 28, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a field trip to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum*
Registration: $170.00 + $10.00 course material fee = $180.00
*Workshop fee does not include ASDM entrance fee

Animals real and imagined have long been a...

Tuition: $180
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Begins 02/14/2015 - 10:00am

The registration period for this and other Spring 2015 courses opens on January 5.

Saturday, February 14, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (with a lunch break)
Tuition: $75

Ecopoetry incorporates aspects of ecology into poetic practice.  In particular, through both content and form, ecopoetry often examines the relationship between built and natural environments. In this experimental workshop, students will explore...

Tuition: $75
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Begins 02/18/2015 - 6:00pm

The registration period for this and other Spring 2015 courses opens on January 5.

Six Wednesdays, February 18 through April 1 (no class on March 18)
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Registration: $170.00 + $15.00 course material fee = $185.00

“Who we are cannot be separated from where we are from.”
–Malcolm Gladwell

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes...

Tuition: $185
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Begins 03/14/2015 - 10:00am

The registration period for this and other Spring 2015 courses opens on January 5.

Saturday, March 14
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Registration: $75

This workshop will explore the deep roots and juicy traditions of women’s literature as a way to enrich your poetry and prose, as we discuss some of the most important themes and techniques of women’s writing down the millennia. You will write several...

Tuition: $75
Taught by:
Begins 03/15/2015 - 10:00am

The registration period for this and other Spring 2015 courses opens on January 5.

Sunday, March 15
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Registration: $75

This poetry workshop will take you deep within the experience of poetic rhythm, opening channels to greater self-exploration and self-expression. Drumming, dancing, movement, and sharing of poems will reawaken the profound fun of rhythmic language and help you to...

Tuition: $75
Taught by:
Begins 05/09/2015 - 9:00am

The registration period for this and other Spring 2015 courses opens on January 5.

Saturday, May 9
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Registration: $15

In this workshop, parents/guardians and their children will have the unique opportunity to connect and inspire one another by writing poetry together. Research shows that family members play a significant role in inspiring children to read and write. This workshop is...

Tuition: $15
Taught by:
Arizona Board of Regents