Community, Mentorship, and Exploration of Poetry with Richard Blanco

1st Workshop Date: May 27- Jun 2, 2018  
2nd Workshop Date:  
Aug 7 – 11, 2018
Course Fee: $3395
Max Class Size: 14

This 6-month poetry writing intensive includes two one-week long workshops (May 27- June 2 and August 7 – 11)  based in Rockport, plus six months of online community and mentorship with Richard Blanco.
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If you’re craving a more intense and longer-term course to deepen your understanding of poetry and generate new work, this writing intensive is for you.  Perhaps you aren’t seeking an MFA degree—or you already have one, but miss the setting and structure of working with other serious poets and a gifted mentor to inspire and motivate your writing. If so, then this is the perfect opportunity to develop and explore your poetry by engaging in an extended study and conversation within a community of fellow writers mentored by Richard Blanco. In addition, we’ll discuss strategies and techniques for putting together a chapbook as we produce new poems and workshop them, taking a macroscopic view how individual poems fit into each poet’s overarching concerns, themes, and obsessions. Every participant’s goal is to end up with a mini-chapbook of 10-15 poems (or more) by the end of the intensive.

This six-month course begins with a week-long workshop residency May 27-June 2 on the Maine Media campus. It continues with an on-line community for sharing work and ideas, and monthly reviews of your work by Richard. Return to campus Monday  August 6, ready to begin work Tuesday afternoon  August 7 thru Saturday morning, workshopping the poems for each participant’s chapbook and using Letterpress to print a keepsake of poems in the Maine Media Book Arts Studio. In September, October and November you will benefit from another round of monthly reviews of your work by Richard, and continued engagement with the on-line community.

Registration note:  Once you have submitted your registration, please submit a letter explaining your background in writing and your intent, along with up to three poems (no more than six pages) to [email protected].  Your admittance to the Intensive cannot be confirmed until this material has been received and reviewed.

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Sign up early, the course will be limited to no more than fourteen students.

This 6-month intensive is not eligible for any promotional offers that may occur.

Header Image Credit:  Neil Spinner




A selected video from a workshop lecture by Richard Blanco

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Instructor: Richard Blanco

Richard Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history—the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exiled parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his body of work. He is the author of the memoirs The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey; the poetry chapbooks Matters of the Sea, One Today, and Boston Strong; the poetry collections Looking for the Gulf Motel, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, and City of a Hundred Fires; and a children’s book of his inaugural poem, “One Today,” illustrated by Dav Pilkey. With Ruth Behar, he recently co-created Bridges to/from Cuba: Lifting the Emotional Embargo, a blog providing a cultural and artistic platform for sharing the real lives and complex emotional histories of thousands of Cubans across the globe. Blanco’s many honors include the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press, the Beyond Margins Award from the PEN American Center, the Paterson Poetry Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, and two Maine Literary Awards.