Guided by poet Dorianne Laux, receive writing prompts to inspire you to generate new poems.

Sep 7, 2024 - Sep 28, 2024

Levels: All
Workshop Fee: $1095
Workshop Duration: 14 hours over 4 Saturdays (12-3:30pm ET)
Workshop Location: Online
Class Size: 12

Note: This workshop will be held in a live, online format utilizing the Zoom platform.
Class meets on Saturdays, Sep 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 12-3:30pm ET.

Poet Dorianne Laux will lead participants in writing prompts, or “finger exercises.” Writers will generate new poems and receive feedback on work drafted during this workshop. We’ll look at the syllable and the line, the controlling image, and writing from a lived life.  Particular craft images will be discussed and we will write drafts with them in mind.


“Another splendid new one by one of our best, who never stops paying attention, and is never unwilling, and summons from her readers unwavering trust.” — Mark Doty

“Dorianne Laux is one of those poets I turn to again and again for cradling beauty and darkness so close together in a poem.” — Aimee Nezhukumatathil

“In a vast ocean of too-much-to -read out there, I can always find an island of sanity in her work and, within individual poems, always, always spots of light and breath and truth.” — Lia Purpura

Dorianne Laux's latest works
Dorianne Laux’s ‘Only As The Day Is Long‘ was a Finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, #1 on Amazon’s New Releases in American Literature, one of the 50 Must-Read Poetry collections of 2019, Book Riot New poetry collections to get psyched for, and Barnes & Noble New & noteworthy book.

Header image by Dave Bell.

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Instructor: Dorianne Laux

Dorianne Laux’s sixth collection, Only As the Day is Long: New and Selected Poems was named a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her fifth collection, The Book of Men, was awarded The Paterson Prize. Her fourth book of poems, Facts About the Moon, won The Oregon Book Award and was short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux is also the author of Awake; What We Carry, a finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award; Smoke; as well as a fine small press edition, The Book of Women. She is the co-author of the celebrated text The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry.