Take an Online Poetry Workshop

August 16, 2010

How the Online Poetry Workshops Work:
We’ll focus on work you’ve generated in the past or are generating now. The workshop leader and members of the class offer suggestions with the goal of helping you craft your poem’s structure in a way that makes sense to you and others. Each week, I offer writing experiments. While I encourage you to try them out in order to write in a way that’s new to you, they are not required.

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An online workshop’s convenience is hard to match. You can participate from home — whether there’s a blizzard, a child sleeping in the next room, or a looming work deadline. If you miss a week due to vacation, you can pick up where you left off.

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Participants are asked to submit one poem each Sunday of the workshop. I will comment on the poem you submit each week and ask that each participant comment on the work of two other poets in our group.

Once you sign up, you will be invited to join a private online group. We will use this group tool to post our poems, interact, and post critiques of other poems.

When I comment on your work each week, I will provide you with extensive written comments and, in some cases, line by line editing.

Workshops will remain small (no more than 12 students).

Who Are the Workshop Students?
In the past, I’ve taught people heading for MFA programs, retired people focusing on poetry, corporate executives, and college students. What everyone has in common is a desire to improve their poetry and the desire to receive feedback from the group.

How Do I Show Up for Class?
To show up, you log in to our private online group. You will receive the log-in information once your tuition is received. Posting a poem and commenting on the poems of others will be similar to sending an email.

Who is the Teacher?
Deborah Ager is founding editor of 32 Poems Magazine. Many poems first appearing in 32 Poems have been honored in the Best American Poetry and Best New Poets anthologies and on Verse Daily and Poetry Daily. She’s taught at The University of Florida and The George Washington University.

Ager is author of the poetry collection Midnight Voices. Her writing appears in The Bloomsbury Review, New England Review, The Georgia Review, Quarterly West and New South. She’s received fellowships from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and she received a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

Do We Have to Buy a Book?
In this course, we focus on generating new poems and revising existing ones. While I may ask you to read poems online, we do not use a book for this class.

Please reserve your space for the October – November course.

DATES: October 26 – November 30, 2010
TIME: NA, online
COST: $297

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