Poetry Workshop


Guidelines for the Poetry Workshop, English 070A:

Students interested in the spring 2017 Poetry Workshop, English 070A, led by Peter Schmidt, should submit to Deborah Doherty in LPAC 202 either a digital or print sample of their writing — perhaps 5 poems, no more than 5 pages —no later than Friday, October 21, 2016, at 4:00 p.m.  If print, please deliver your submission to LPAC 202; if using email, please add your sample as an attachment and label it ‘poetry’ and your name.  Also put “Poetry 070A Submission” as the subject-line of your email.  Late submissions will not be accepted.
The Poetry Workshop is limited to 12 members. Students who have taken this workshop in previous years are NOT eligible to apply (but they WILL be eligible for the Advanced Poetry Workshop, English 070C, scheduled for the fall of 2018.)  Students who have taken Grendel's Workshop (070D), Lyric Encounters (070E), Natural History and Imagination (071H), or The Poetry Project (070J) ARE eligible to apply for both the Poetry Workshop and the Advanced Poetry Workshop.
This is a class in which students write, read, and talk about poetry, which includes giving your classmates constructive feedback on their poems. We will emphasize the discovery and development of each individual's distinctive poetic voice, imagistic motifs, rhetorical techniques, and thematic concerns within the context of contemporary poetics. Many different poetic styles and approaches will be explored in the workshop and students will be encouraged to go out of their “comfort zones” to try out new voices and approaches to creating poetry.  The workshop will meet spring 2017 on Thursday afternoons from 1:15 to 5:00 p.m. in LPAC 201 (the seminar room). Attending a few afternoon or evening readings or other events on campus will also be required.
Twelve students will be admitted solely based on the quality of the writing sample submitted during fall semester. Final decisions about admission to the Workshop will be made by Monday, November 8, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. and will be posted at that time on the bulletin board outside of the English Department office, LPAC 202.  Students admitted to the workshop will also be emailed.  Please let the English department know as soon as possible if you will enroll in the workshop; if you won’t enroll, we need to notify a student on the waiting list.
Students may apply to both of the English Department's creative writing workshops but if accepted to both may enroll in ONLY ONE per semester.