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 02/18/2015 - 6:00pm

This course is sold out. To be placed on the wait list, email Cybele Knowles at

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

Register for this course here.

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
Taught by:
Arizona Board of Regents