"Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful." Rita Dove
The Writers Guild, drawing from MFA-style craft workshops, is a three-month intensive designed for the student who is interested in poetry and enjoys writing, but does not enjoy the competitive aspect of slam. Students meet once a week, bringing in a new poem to each session to be discussed and revised. Our goal is to develop each student’s literary voice and editing eye, ultimately compiling the group’s work into an anthology.
This program consists of weekly round-table peer workshops where students give each other feedback on their work and discuss the week’s assigned reading packet, comprised mostly of contemporary poets of color whose work draws from various literary traditions updated to reflect the ever-shifting literary landscape. Towards the second half of the program, the readings start to introduce more traditional forms (ghazal, sestina, sonnet) and some newer forms (erasure, lyric essay). The packets include definitions of each form to familiarize students with the terminology, and contemporary examples of each form (often by young poets of color) to make the forms more accessible and fun.
While the first half of the program focuses on building each student’s body of work, the second half emphasizes revision, where each student chooses the poems they would like included in the anthology. Along with a selection of poems written during the program, each student includes their own Statement of Poetics or Artist Statement with their poems, explaining the influences, intentions, and goals as writers.
No formal writing experience is necessary. If you are interested in joining The Writers Guild, please click on the application below. Registration is open from October 1st - October 20th.
If you would like more information about the program, please click on the link below and one of our staff members will get back to you as soon as possible.