Virtual Poetry Workshops to Attend This Summer
Are you looking to jumpstart your poetry practice or take your writing to the next level? Hone your skills from the comfort of your own home by enrolling in an online poetry workshop. While attending an in-person workshop can be just as rewarding, we don’t always have the time or resources to attend.
In this list, we’ve picked out some of the best upcoming online poetry workshops, all led by eager and experienced instructors who are ready to offer personalized support. These online workshops are also an excellent opportunity to deepen your practice and help you foster a community. So don’t wait! Improve your craft and connect with others virtually with these four upcoming online poetry workshops.
The Joy of Poetry: A Beginner-Friendly Workshop with Joy Roulier Sawyer
Starting: May 24
Duration: 6 weeks
Hosted by Writers.com, this four-week course is perfect for turning poetry dabblers into more confident poets. This playful non-critiquing workshop is a perfect place to build your confidence by discussing quality contemporary poems, exploring basic elements of craft, and experimenting with a variety of unique and challenging poetry exercises. No previous poetry experience is necessary and all in-class feedback is optional.
Our House In Verse: Ecopoetic Forms hosted by the Poetry Barn
Starting: Monday, June 5
Duration: 4 weeks (plus 2-week archive)
Rethink the connection between the human world and the beyond with this thought-provoking workshop hosted by the Poetry Barn. Ecopoetry aims to understand and analyze the natural world, often from an environmental lens. This generative workshop will draw from celebrated ecopoets to help participants consider what is “human,” and what is “not.” Each week, they’ll explore these questions and write poems from their own environment, finding new and creative ways to consider what is “home.”
Finding Healing Through Poetry with Lauren Brazeal Garza
Starting: Thursday, June 15
Duration: 4 weeks
Led by poet and Ph.D. candidate in literature at the University of Texas, Dallas, Lauren Brazeal Garza, this workshop considers how we use poetry to find hope and healing from illness, trauma, loss, and grief. Each week, participants will discuss one famous poem in the theme, explore different approaches to writing for healing, and write their own poems with the help of unique prompts to encourage new approaches and techniques. Students will also have the opportunity to share a poem with the group each week for constructive and supportive feedback.
Mining Our Obsessions with Lauren Davis
Starting: Saturday, June 24
Duration: 1 day
If a four- to six-week workshop won’t fit in with your schedule or your budget, this one-day intensive might be the perfect fit. This four-hour course is taught by Lauren Davis, author of two poetry collections and two poetry chapbooks. This workshop will encourage participants to indulge their obsessions and special interests for the purpose of creating new work. Davis will provide writing prompts, and by the end of the workshop, students will leave with a small body of first drafts to run with going forward.