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 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
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Begins 09/09/2015 - 6:00pm

Six Wednesdays, September 9 through October 21 (no class on September 30) / 6:00 to 8:00 pm / $200.00

“Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and the kingdom of the sick,” writes Susan Sontag. In this six-week course, writers will craft personal nonfiction narratives that explore the...

Tuition: $190.00
Begins 09/14/2015 - 6:00pm

Six Mondays, September 14 through October 19, 6:00 to 8:00 pm / $182.00

The chapbook, or “little book,” embraces smallness and largeness, brevity and expansion. It is humble but not diminutive, precise and beautiful. It is the physical combination of art and text. In this workshop, we will take a small group of...

Tuition: 182.00
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Begins 09/26/2015 - 12:00pm

our Saturdays, September 26 through October 17 / 12:00 to 3:00 pm / $175.00

In this workshop we will explore poetic translation as a kind of migration. As translators, we will move and move with the body of a text from one language into another. To move with the body of the text, we must not only read closely into language but also...

Tuition: $175.00
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Begins 09/28/2015 - 6:15pm

Six Mondays, September 28 through November 9 (no class on 10/26) / 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm / $180.00

Climate scientist Mike Hulme has written, “we need to reveal the creative, psychological, ethical and spiritual work that climate change is doing for us.” That is precisely what we’ll consider in this class. By blending...

Tuition: 180.00
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Begins 10/17/2015 - 10:00am

Saturday, October 17 / 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (one-hour lunch break at 1:00 pm) / $88.00

This one-day course will celebrate the interrelationship between writing and reading. Participants will be writing into and through various texts (some of your choosing, and others provided by the instructor). To supplement our writing activities, we...

Tuition: $88.00
Taught by:
Arizona Board of Regents