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 05/16/2016 - 6:00pm

Register Here! (For the summer season, the Poetry Center is exploring a new registration platform called Submittable.  It's a simple service, but you will need an free account to register for a class.)  

Monday, May 16th, 6pm to 8pm.

Narrative poems are intimately connected to the art of storytelling because the best narrative poems employ storytelling devices—plot, climax, resolution, even character development—to convey their particular moments and surprises. Like a good story, narrative poems also require appropriate...

Tuition: $45
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Begins 05/30/2016 - 6:00pm

Register Here! (For the summer season, the Poetry Center is exploring a new registration platform called Submittable.  It's a simple service, but you will need an free account to register for a class.)  

 Class meetings: Successive Mondays, starting May 30th, from 6-8pm in the Poetry Center conference room.  Final class is Monday, August 1st.  Note:  No classes held on June 27th or July 4th.  (eight total class sessions, sixteen total class hours)

"Show, don't tell" is one of the...

Tuition: $260
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Begins 06/14/2016 - 6:00pm

Register Here! (For the summer season, the Poetry Center is exploring a new registration platform called Submittable.  It's a simple service, but you will need an free account to register for a class.)  

Class meetings: June 14,16, 21, and 23, from 6-8pm in the Conference Room at the University of Arizona Poetry Center  (four sessions, eight total class hours)

Drawing from Symbolist theories of writing, in 1961 poets Jerome Rothenberg and Robert Kelly coined the term "deep image"—...

Tuition: $160
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Begins 07/12/2016 - 6:00pm
Register Here! (For the summer season, the Poetry Center is exploring a new registration platform called Submittable.  It's a simple service, but you will need an free account to register for a class.)  

Class meetings: July 12,14, 19, and 21, from 6-8:30pm in the Conference Room at the University of Arizona Poetry Center  (four sessions, eight total class hours.  Each session includes a 30 minute break.)

Summer is a time for vacationing from our selves. In this four-session...

Tuition: $160
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