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 01/15/2016 - 1:00pm

Friday, January 15, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Identifying modes of poems is an underused method of diagnosing why they satisfy the reader (or don’t). In this workshop, we’ll define the four basic modes of poems (lyric, narrative, argument, description) and read examples of each. Then we’...

Tuition: $60.00
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Begins 01/23/2016 - 1:00pm

Workshop meets at the Ina A. Gittings building, Studio 4, on the UA campus at 1713 East University Boulevard.

Three Saturdays, January 23 through February 6

1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

This workshop will introduce writers and artists of all genres and levels of experience to Compositional Improvisation as a method for arriving newly at the page. Experimental, risky, playful, vulnerable, and generative, Compositional Improvisation is a fully...

Tuition: $165.00
Begins 02/08/2016 - 5:30pm

This three-hour course will look at methods of practice for the writing of poems. The great wit Max Beerbohm once said that the most difficult part of being a poet was trying to decide what to do with the other twenty-three and a half hours of the day. In a world of fractured time, fractured attention spans, lives filled with...

Tuition: $60.00
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Begins 02/13/2016 - 10:30am

Saturday, February 13, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

In this workshop we’ll learn to look at a draft of a poem and see where the poem wants to go. We’ll identify the “radiant” areas of a draft and, from there, see what the options are for revision, because revision is about choices—not following workshop dictates...

Tuition: $45.00
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Begins 02/20/2016 - 1:00pm

Saturday, February 20, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

How do you know how to construct a particular poem? How does one poem start as a pantoum and end up as contrapuntal prose, and another start as a visual cantata and end up a sonnet? How could memoir become a prose poem? In this writing workshop, we will examine a few pieces and consider how the...

Tuition: $60.00
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Begins 03/23/2016 - 6:00pm

Wednesday, March 23, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The traditional dream of the lyric poem is to present, in an instant “outside of time,” an epiphany, a deep understanding of things. At least that’s the party-line for a “pure” lyric poem. But what if the poem steps into time instead of out of it? What does time look...

Tuition: $45.00
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Begins 04/09/2016 - 5:30pm

Six Tuesdays, April 19 through May 24, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. 

Why do leaves fall? Why do sunflowers bend their heads? The process known as “signal transduction” describes the series of steps required to kick off a myriad of biological happenings. Transduction is a sequence of events and reactions, including the conversion of...

Tuition: $240.00
Taught by:
Arizona Board of Regents