Workshops, Classes & Residencies
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, 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.
Master Classes 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; $390.
Spring 2014 Master Classes to be announced soon!
Master Class Application Guidelines
Send three poems accompanied by a cover sheet with your name, address, email address and phone number to:
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282
or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Poems must arrive by the designated deadline. No names or addresses should appear on the poems themselves.
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.
Spring 2014 Workshops to be announced soon!
Open Enrollment Class Registration Guidelines
Open to all; no applications needed but registration is required; call (212) 431-7920 x2832 or email email@example.com; $295 each.
Special Event for Teens This Winter
"I am your own way of looking at things"
The Poetic Practice of William Stafford: A Workshop for Young Writers
with Naomi Shihab Nye and Kim Stafford
Saturday, January 25, 11:00am
For writers aged 12–18
For fifty years, William Stafford wrote every morning before others were awake, welcoming all ideas, being friendly to what his mind offered, and using these materials and this attitude as the basis of his poems. In this workshop, led by poets Naomi Shihab Nye and Kim Stafford, we will look at William Stafford poems that exemplify this process and employ his writing techniques as a way to enter the world of a poem.
The Poetic Practice of William Stafford Registration Guidelines
Registration is required; call (212) 431-7920x2832 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free
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.