University of Iowa

Draft after Draft: Write a Dozen Poems

Weekend June 22 to June 23 2019

In this generative weekend course, we will spend the majority of each session writing from original prompts designed to wrench you out of your ruts and open you to the vast array of poetic shapes and styles. To that end, you’ll receive a selection of poems throughout the weekend that we will discuss in order to ignite our creativity toward our own new drafts. A wide variety of exercises will be practiced, with a goal of twelve new “starts” or drafts. This course will be productive for any student—the person who has never written a poem and the person who has published books. Whatever level you are at, new methods must be forged in order to keep the imagination vital. In preparation, purchase a notebook and loveable pens.


In this workshop we will generate new writing through guided exercises and prompts.