The Poetry Manuscript
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Writing
Department: Writing Program
Course Number: NWRW 3257
Course Format: Seminar
Permission Required: No
- Creative Writing
In this workshop, students organize and structure the first draft of a chapbook or book-length collection of poems. We explore the process of assembling a manuscript: grouping, organizing, pruning, and adding to your book, chapbook, or sequence. We spend class time reading and discussing your manuscripts of 20 to 50 pages, which you submit in draft form in the first class session. For inspiration, we study recently published chapbooks by Ben Fama and Joy Katz, as well as books by Eduardo Corral and Tracy K. Smith. We also talk about the process of seeking publication for your collection.