University of Iowa

Writing Alone Together: A Week-Long Retreat for Generating New Poems

Weeklong July 21 to July 26 2019

We all know that writing poems is a solitary activity, but it’s often exhilarating and useful to generate work toward new poems by responding to “no-fault” prompts and exercises together in a supportive and energizing group of fellow poets. We’ll spend our week doing just that: free-writing together in class in response to proven prompts designed to inspire new poems or new ideas for poems on which we’ve been working. We’ll share exercises in a supportive and no-pressure exchange as a way of discovering the possibilities for development in what we’ve done. We’ll also be reading and discussing the work of other poets for inspiration and models. Our goal will be to spend the week in pleasurable, creative activity and to send you home inspired, with exciting drafts and ideas for new work. The workshop welcomes poets at all levels of experience.


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