Workshops, Classes & Residencies

Poetry Workshops, Poetry Writing, Poetry NYC, Poetry Teaching, Scott Hightower

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.

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!

From Journal to Poem with Barbara Henning
6 Saturdays, September 20 to November 1, 11:30am-2:00pm
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Writing About Big Ideas with Jennifer Michael Hecht
6 Wednesdays, October 8 to November 12, 6:00-8:30pm
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Love Me In Your Language with LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
6 Tuesdays, October 14 to November 18, 6:00-8:30pm
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Rewriting With Abandon: The Art of Revision with Sharon Dolin
6 Thursdays, October 30 to December 11 (skipping November 27), 6:00-8:30pm
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Departures: A Way to Start the Poem with Patricia Spears Jones
6 Saturdays, November 1 to December 13 (skipping November 29), 11:30am-2:00pm
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Open Enrollment Class Registration Guidelines
Open to all levels; no applications needed but registration is required; $325 each.

Three Week Workshop

Text, Event, & Chorus: Intergenre Writing for Poets with Corina Copp
3 Saturdays, October 25, November 1 and 8, 3:00-5:30pm
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Three Week Workshop Guidelines
Open to all levels; no applications needed but registration is required; $150 each.

One Day Workshops

Catch Sight of Desire: A Monologue Lab for Poets with Lenelle Moïse
Saturday, October 18, 3:00-6:00pm
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“Why Must It Always End This Way?” Narrative Theory & Poetry Workshop with Natasha Sajé
Saturday, October 18, 3:00-6:00pm
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One Day Workshop Guidelines
Open to all levels; no applications needed but registration is required; $60 each.


Master Classes

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.

words + pictures with Elaine Equi
Saturday, January 17, 2015, 12:00-4:00pm
Sunday, January, 18, 2015, 12:00-4:00pm
Application Deadline: Friday December 5, 2014

Writing the 21st Century Nature Poem with Alison Hawthorne Deming
Saturday, January 10, 2015, 10:00am-2:00pm
Sunday, January 11, 2015 12:00-4:00pm
Application Deadline: Friday December 12, 2014

Master Class Application Guidelines
In a single attachment, email three poems accompanied by a cover sheet with your name, address, email address, phone number, and the name of class for which you are applying to classes@poetshouse.org. Poems must arrive by the designated deadline. No names or addresses should appear on the poems themselves.

Workshop for Teens

The Connection in Disconnection: One-day High School Poetry Workshop with Farrah Field
Saturday, October 11, 12:00-4:00pm
Application deadline: EXTENDED TO Friday, October 3

This workshop will examine current trends in collage-style writing, or poetry that carries meaning, emotion, and sometimes stories within lines that are nearly cut and pasted leaps. We will study a few current poets, write new poems, and workshop each other's work.

Teen Workshop Guidelines
In a single attachment, email three poems accompanied by a cover sheet with your name, address, email address, phone number to mike@poetshouse.org. No names or addresses should appear on the poems themselves. Fee: $75

Full and Partial Refunds

  • Requests for refunds must be received in writing. To request a refund, email Program Coordinator Joe Fritsch at joe@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 Joe Fritsch - Program Coordinator, 212-431-7920 ext. 1-2832, joe@poetshouse.org.

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


Download our Fall 2014 Calendar (PDF)