Workshops, Classes & Residencies

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Poets House offers a wide range of classes for experienced readers and writers of poetry, as well as newcomers to the art. Innovative seminars and workshops taught by emerging and established poets offer aficionados as well as poetry newcomers an opportunity to explore various aspects of the writing process in greater depth.

In addition to Master Classes and Open-Enrollment Workshops, One Day Workshops and Teen Poetry Workshops, we also offer the Emerging Poets Fellowship, a four-month program for talented emerging poets who demonstrate potential and need. See below for more details about all of these opportunities for poetry instruction.

A master list of all Poets House programs held from 1986 to the present can be found here.

Class enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Since many classes fill quickly; we encourage you to enroll early. Your enrollment is complete when full payment for tuition has been received.

Six-Week Open-Enrollment Classes

These poetry workshops give special focus to the relationship between reading and writing poetry. Open to all levels, six-week courses are offered on a wide variety of topics. Register early – first come, first served; Fee: $325

Literary Adaptation: Writing Through Rewriting with Paul Legault
6 Tuesdays, October 13 to November 17, 6:00-8:30pm
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Divine Ekphrasis: Reading Art, Reading Self, Reading Soul with Sharon Dolin
6 Wednesdays, October 14 to November 18, 6:00-8:30pm
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Writing Your Obsession with Laura Sims
6 Thursdays, October 15 to November 19, 6:00-8:30pm
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Myth into Modern Poetry with Antoinette Brim
6 Saturdays, October 17 to November 21, 11:30am-2:00pm
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Master Classes

Master Classes, which meet Saturday and Sunday, offer advanced writers of poetry an opportunity to work intensively with some of the most respected poets of our time. Applications are required; space is limited; Fee: $390.

Master Class with Jerome Rothenberg:
Translations & Transcreations, from English & Other Foreign Languages

Saturday, October 10, Noon-4:00pm
Sunday, October 11, Noon-4:00pm
Application deadline: October 2

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Master Class with A. Van Jordan: Always Be Closing
Saturday, November 7, 2:00-6:00pm
Sunday, November 8, Noon-4:00pm
Application deadline: October 16

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Master Class with Terese Svoboda
Saturday, December 5, Noon-4:00pm
Sunday, December 6, Noon-4:00pm
Application deadline: November 20

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Special One Day Workshops


Breaking Habits of Syntax with Donna Masini
Saturday, October 24, 2:00-6:00pm
Fee: $125

What are your syntactic habits and how do they constrict or limit where your poems will take you? This session is an chance to see what happens when you try something new.

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Library as Material with Ander Monson
Sunday, November 8, Noon-2:00pm
Fee: $50

Libraries and archives are ideal starting points for writers. The author of Letter to a Future Lover: Marginalia, Errata, Secrets, Inscriptions, and Other Ephemera Found in Libraries, leads a generative trawl through the 60,000-volume library at Poets House.

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Full and Partial Refunds

  • Requests for refunds must be received in writing. To request a refund, email Program Coordinator Lauren Clark at lauren@poetshouse.org.
  • Poets House retains a $60 processing fee on any refund.
  • Refunds will not be issued after the following deadlines, regardless of participation: Six and Ten Week Workshops: tuition (less processing fee) is refundable until the second class meeting. Master Classes: refund requests must be made at least 24 hours prior to the first meeting.
  • Six registrants are required in order for a class to run. If a course fails to meet the minimum registration, it will be cancelled and full tuition will be refunded to all registrants.
  • Tuition will not be pro-rated for missed classes.

Poets House Emerging Poets Fellowship Program


Funded by a generous grant from the Jerome Foundation, Poets House’s Emerging Poets Fellowship Program (formerly the Emerging Poets Residency) assists emerging poets by providing excellent poetry writing instruction and mentoring in the special environment of Poets House's poetry library —with its unique archives and access to far-reaching programs and conversations with poets and poetry audiences. The program aims to deepen participants’ artistic practice by offering a robust professional network of poets and literary professionals, including special visits from editors and publishers, who will assist each writer with their artistic development and career.

The program includes weekly writing workshops, mentoring sessions, meetings with guest speakers, free access to Poets House's events and archival resources and culminates in a final group reading. Transportation support is available for participants. The application process is competitive; tuition is free to those accepted into the program.

For more information, please visit the Emerging Poets Fellowship page, or contact Lauren Clark - Program Coordinator, 212-431-7920 ext. 1-2818, lauren@poetshouse.org.

Read the work of Fellows from 2012-2015 in Issue 68 (summer 2015) of The Cortland Review

Read an article on the Emerging Poets Fellowship from Peril, an Asian Australian online magazine of arts and culture here

Download our Spring 2015 Calendar (PDF)