University of Iowa

Think Twice/Think Again--Making Poems from Inspiration & Calculation

Weeklong June 23 to June 28 2019

We’ll spend a week together generating poems, and each day we’ll playfully start something new together. Each session will begin with calculated yet playful springboards into writing: we’ll consider the work of two poets (one contemporary poet & one pre-20th century poet), a mythological tale, visual art, a rhetorical trope, and even idioms and song lyrics. We’ll take these calculated moves and then re-work them, adding whatever inspiration you might bring from personal experience and your own passions. Inspiration and calculation will help us create more textured, layered, and seriously playful poems. Expect daily in-class writing exercises, optional take home assignments, readings from a class packet of poems, and, towards week’s end, supportive group discussions of the work you generate. A great introduction for beginning poets or experienced poets looking to jump-start their work.


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