Not That Michael Collins

Poet, Teacher, Website Owner

Advanced Poetry Workshop:

Fall 2016


The course will serve those interested in working on their poems with an interest in preparing groups of them for publication and potentially beginning to develop a collection.  Written instruction will explore strategies for finalizing poems, identifying one's central themes and stylistic features across groups of poems, and creating sequences, narratives, or thematically links groups of poems.


We will have five two-week sessions that will begin and end on Sundays.  At the beginning of each session, I will email a lecture on a different aspect of our course's content.  There will also be a collection of poetry assigned to read an comment on (in conversations relevant to the course's stated objectives) for each session.  In addition, participants will work on a group of three poems to submit at the end of each session for feedback.  These poems may be any combination of new work and revisions of poems in progress, but strategies for developing new work in conversation with drafts that have already been generated will be offered for those with an interest in expanding a fledgling project.


Sunday, Sept.11 through Sunday, November 20


A computer and internet connection, an email account, 5-7 hours a week, and a desire to explore poetry and your own creative process and unique voice. 

Participants should also plan to purchase or borrow the following collections before the class begins:

Thomas and Beulah by Rita Dove

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

four-legged girl by Diane Seuss

What Narcissism Means To Me by Tony Hoagland

The Wild Iris by Louise Gluck

Cost & Registration

$225 paid via PayPal to by Friday, Sept. 9.


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