University of Iowa

Advanced Poetry Workshop: Heart, Guts, & Craft

Weeklong June 23 to June 28 2019

This workshop is a communal effort toward deep and considered critique of original poems by participants. Our depth of engagement will be open, warm, and full of goodwill toward writer and poem. What we’re after is the mesmerizing poem, no matter the style, form, or subject. The beginning half of each session will focus on a sample of masterful poems from history that might act as guides and examples of poetic techniques, including lineation, lyricism, diction, form, and figuration. Writing exercises included. We will dedicate the other half of each session to workshop. Each participant will have three poems workshopped. These poems will not be required to be sent in advance. Outside of class, each participant will conference individually with me over two separate poems, leaving the week with a renewed vigor toward five poems and my high hopes that the techniques and questions of the course will leave a lasting impression upon the artistry of your future work. “Advanced” means you have three poems you want workshopped, and that you bring these four things to each class: heart, guts, pen, and paper.


In this workshop we will generate new writing through guided exercises and prompts; provide feedback on writing you bring from home.