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 05/09/2015 - 9:00am

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

In this special Mother's Day edition of the Parent/Child Writing Summit, 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...

Tuition: $15
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Begins 05/19/2015 - 6:00pm

Four Sessions (Tuesdays/Thursdays): May 19, 21, 26, and 28
6:00 to 8:00 pm
$130.00 registration fee + $10.00 course material fee = $140.00

In a recent interview with Guernica magazine, poet Claudia Rankine said, “As a writer, I don’t want people spending time thinking, ‘What does she mean?...

Tuition: $140.00
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Begins 06/01/2015 - 6:00pm

Eight Mondays: June 1 through July 27 (no class meeting June 22)
6:00 to 8:00 pm
$225.00 registration fee + $5.00 course material fee = $230.00

We all recognize a good plot when we encounter one, but the ability to create a compelling plot of our own can be elusive. How do you create tension, urgency, and structure in a story...

Tuition: $230.00
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Begins 06/13/2015 - 9:30am

Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14
9:30 am to 3:30 pm both days (with a one-hour lunch break from 12:00 to 1:00 pm)
$150.00 registration fee + $5.00 course material fee = $155.00

The prose poem is amorphous: it’s a form without a form, a poem without lineation, a piece of prose that reevaluates the basic functions of...

Tuition: $155.00
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Begins 07/18/2015 - 9:00am

Two Weekends, July 18, 19, 25, and 26
9:00 am to 5:00 pm (with a one-hour lunch break)
$275.00 registration fee + $30.00 course material fee = $305.00

 

In this letterpress workshop, students will transform and shape a text of their own through printing and the book form. Students should bring a few different...

Tuition: $305.00
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Begins 07/30/2015 - 6:00pm

Four Thursdays: July 30 through August 20
6:00 to 8:00 pm
$130.00 registration fee + $5.00 course material fee = $135.00

Personal essays may seem polished on the surface, but we all know that they are a bit of a hodge podge—the result of dusting off old memories, interviewing friends and family, examining photographs,...

Tuition: $135.00
Begins 08/15/2015 - 1:00pm

Saturday and Sunday, August 15 and 16
1:00 to 5:00 pm
$130.00 registration fee

Where do you draw the line between fact and fiction? Fiction writers know that some of our most substantive ideas come from our lives, but we want to create something other than memoir disguised as fiction, which feels insincere to both reader and...

Tuition: $130.00
Taught by:
Arizona Board of Regents