University of Iowa

Old Poems, New Poems: Revising and Moving Forward

Weeklong June 09 to June 14 2019

In this workshop, we’ll consider how new poems can grow out of close revision. In the first half of the session, we’ll discuss poems that participants have previously writtenwhether recently or many years ago. We’ll identify key poetic techniques and values in each piece, and we’ll practice methods of creative revision. In the second half of the session, participants will submit new poems that reflect our discussion of earlier work; the instructor will work with each participant to devise an individually meaningful approach. Participants will leave with precise thoughts about revision and significant insights into where their poetry can go next, along with a thoroughly revised older poem, a draft of a new poem, and many pieces that could be the basis for further work. We’ll also look at how other poets have approached revision in ways that take their work in new directions. This workshop is suitable for writers of all backgrounds and levels of experience.


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