Past Courses

Course Archive

Please browse the descriptions of courses we have offered in past seasons. Recent seasons include:

SPRING 2017

  • Disorienting the Essay: Finding Form in Personal Nonfiction, with Katherine E. Standefer
  • Ecopoetics & Your Next Poem: A Weekend Workshop, with Brenda Hillman
  • Outsider Literature: Writing from the Urgent Edges, with Robert Snyderman
  • Documentary Storytelling in Prose, with Lisa O’Neill 
  • Writing Resistance and Recovery, with Hoa Nguyen
  • Oracular Writing: Living Images, with Annie Guthrie

FALL 2016

  • Beyond Measure: Experiments in the Music of Poetry, with Samuel Ace
  • Writing Past Pain and Into Possibility, with Camille Dungy
  • The Art of the Chapbook, with Joni Wallace
  • Writing the Wild: A Weekend Intensive, with Pam Uschuk
  • Nonfiction as Reconstruction, with Francisco Cantú

SUMMER 2016

  • Are We There Yet? Pacing and Payoff in Narrative Verse, with Adrian Matejka
  • The Deepened Image, with Christopher Nelson
  • Screenwriting: The Basics, with Ted McLoof
  • Collaboration Playvacation, with Hannah Ensor

SPRING 2016

  • Mode in Poems, with Natasha Sajé
  • Compositional Improvisation as Poetic Practice, with Kimi Eisele and TC Tolbert
  • Radiance: Where Is the Poem Going? with Kimiko Hahn
  • Finding Form: Inventions, Inversions, and Eliminations in Hybrid Construction, with Khadijah Queen
  • Lyric Complexity: A Craft Class, with David Baker
  • Oracular Writing: Transduction, with Annie Guthrie

FALL 2015

  • The Telling Itself: Illness Narratives as Healing and Craft, with Katherine E. Standefer
  • The Art of the Chapbook, with Joni Wallace
  • Moving with the Body of the Text: A Translation Workshop, with Rebecca Seiferle
  • Climate Change & Poetry, with Eric Magrane
  • Intertextual Poetics: Writing Into and Through Texts, with Kristi Maxwell

SUMMER 2015

  • Parent/Child Writing Summit, with Mason Gates
  • Clarity Demystified: A Poetry Workshop, with Christopher Nelson
  • Cut to the Chase: Creating Plot in Fiction, with Ted McLoof
  • Dislocating the Prose Poem: A Generative Workshop and Survey, with Jamison Crabtree
  • Shaping Text with Letterpress, with Amanda Beekhuizen
  • The Art of Research: Collaging the Personal Essay, with Aisha Sabatini Sloan
  • The Fact of Fiction: Turning Life into Story, with Ted McLoof

SPRING 2015

  • The Poem Sequence, with Rebecca Seiferle
  • Animals in Poems: Reading and Writing Poems of Creatures Real and Imagined, with Simmons Buntin
  • Aligning Structure in Ecopoetics, with Sherwin Bitsui
  • Where I'm From: Mapping the Geography and Topography of Our Homelands, with Lisa O'Neill
  • Reclaiming Women's Writing, with Annie Finch
  • Rhythms of the Spirit, with Annie Finch

FALL 2014

  • The Parent-Child Summit, with Mason Gates
  • Oracular Writing: Foraging, with Annie Guthrie
  • Poetry and the Photograph: Ekphrasis and Beyond, with Samuel Ace
  • Finding the Fragment in the Complete Thought, with Thomas Sayers Ellis

SUMMER 2014

  • Conventions of Short Fiction, with Ted McLoof
  • Imitation: From Faux to Freedom, with Christopher Nelson
  • Choosing a Voice: Making Letterpress Posters, with Amanda Beekhuizen
  • In the Silence a Collective, Maximally: Erasure and its Ghosts, with Farid Matuk
  • Short Poems, with Zachary Schomburg

SPRING 2014

  • Line by Line: A Close Reading Workshop, with Sarah Kortemeier
  • The New York School of Poets, with Will Cordeiro
  • The Autobiographical Eye, with Beth Alvarado
  • Bloodstone Quarries of the Spleen, with CAConrad
  • The Interior Journey: Reading and Writing as Spiritual Practice, with Fenton Johnson

FALL 2013

  • Craft of Poetry, with Sarah Kortemeier
  • Ekphrastic Poetry, with Joni Wallace
  • Robert Duncan: Circles of Influence, with Charles Alexander
  • The Craft of Fiction, with Karen Brennan
  • Hybrid Writing: Crossing Prose with Poetry, with Brian Blanchfield

SUMMER 2013

  • Surrealist Writing, with Matthew Rotando
  • Poetry in Letterpress Print, with Alice Vinson
  • Writing Your Gods and Demons, with Christopher Nelson

SPRING 2013

  • Oracular Writing: Mapping, with Annie Guthrie
  • Poetic Prose and the Prose Poem, with Barbara Henning
  • A Weekend of One’s Own, with Pamela Uschuk
  • Poetics of the Body and Disability, with Lisa C. Cole
  • Poetry in Bloom, with Simmons Buntin
  • Writing at Degree Zero, with Norman Fischer
  • Listening to Sound Poetry, with John Melillo        

FALL 2012

  • Correspondences, with Brandon Shimoda
  • Constraint-Based Writing, with Kristi Maxwell                                               
  • Master's Level Poetry Workshop, with Barbara Cully                              
  • Poemfilms and the Moving Image, with Annie Guthrie and Jonathan Van Ballenberghe    
  • Happy Accidents: Improvisation for Writers, with Sarah Kortemeier
  • Mixed Media Artist’s Books: Working, with Text with Beata Wehr               
  • Postmodernism as Poetic, with Michael Rerick