Gain momentum and confidence! Generate, edit, and organize your chapbook.

Jul 5, 2020 - Nov 8, 2020

Levels: Intermediate, Master,
Workshop Fee: $2795
Class Size: 8

Book by December 31, 2019 and save $200!

Over a period of 5 months, this intensive will focus on generating, editing, and organizing a chapbook of 12-15 poems. The course will begin with a week-long residency (July 5-11) with Richard and your cohort of poets at the Maine Media campus.  You’ll workshop a batch of your current poems and write new ones.  We’ll discuss each poet’s overarching concerns and themes, and learn strategies for putting together a chapbook.

Following the initial workshop residency, you’ll generate more new poems and share them bi-monthly for online critique by Richard and your cohort over the course of the next 5 months, assembling a chapbook from this work.  The course will culminate with a weekend workshop via Zoom online conference on the first full weekend of November (7 or 8) to look at each other’s chapbooks in their final stages of completion to submit for publication.

Registration note:  This intensive is for poets who have already learned the fundamentals and want to refine and ready their poetry for a chapbook submission.

Once you have submitted your registration, please submit a letter explaining your intent, your background in writing and any publication history, along with up to six poems (no more than ten pages) to
[email protected].  Your admittance to the Intensive cannot be confirmed until this material has been received and reviewed.  You will receive notice of your acceptance within two weeks of your submission.  Sign up early, the course will be limited to no more than 8 students.


Testimonials from previous participants:

“The Maine Media Poetry Intensive provided valuable in-class instruction and on-going classmate feedback. Both gave me the momentum and confidence to submit my manuscript for a chapbook contest which I won. Without them, I know I would not have attempted it.”

~Bonnie Larson Staiger, author of Destiny Manifested winner of the “Poetry of the Plains and Prairies Award” from NDSU Press.

“The poetry-intensive workshop led by poet Richard Blanco was immensely valuable and substantially advanced my writing skills. Through structured classroom lessons and assignments, I stretched my poetic reach…. In addition to being an extraordinary poet, Richard Blanco is a skilled and engaging teacher, and highly personable….It was my goal going into this workshop to complete a publication-ready poetry chapbook – and I have. My collection of new poems, six of which were written during the workshop, has been accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press – my first poetry book! I truly feel that Richard Blanco and the Maine Media poetry-intensive workshop made this achievement possible.”                    

~Catherine Marenghi is a poet and memoirist living in Mexico. A Massachusetts native, she is the author of “Glad Farm: A Memoir” and the forthcoming poetry collection “Breaking Bread.”  Her poetry has also won numerous awards and has been published in literary journals in the U.S. and Mexico.

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