Making Poems: An Advanced Workshop
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: MFA Creative Writing Program
Department: Writing Program
Course Number: NWRW 4213
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
  • Creative Writing
  • Poetry
  • Literature
Permission required. “Good poets borrow; great poets steal.” Poetry in English is a storehouse we can raid at will. The focus in this workshop for experienced writers is discussion of student poems, but we also explore ways to make creative use of other poems, from the most recent innovations to the poetry of the Middle Ages. Each week, suggested assignments, illustrated by a wide range of models, serve as jumping-off points from which to explore. Every strong poem is experimental. Students try old forms, invent new ones, and learn to see how “failure” can provide the basis for their best work. Students are also offered help in preparing and submitting work for publication. Written comments are given on all work submitted, and private conferences are available. For permission to register, send ten sample pages by August 1 to the instructor, c/o New School Writing Program, 66 West 12th Street, room 503, New York, NY 10011.
Course Open to: Degree Students