Community, Mentorship, and Exploration of Poetry with Richard Blanco

This 6-month poetry writing intensive includes two one-week long workshops (May 21- 25 and August 28 - September 2)  based in Rockport, plus six months of online community and mentorship with Richard Blanco

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


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 and you miss the setting and structure of working with other serious poets and a gifted mentor—then this is the perfect opportunity and choice to develop and explore your poetry.

Engage in an extended study and conversation about poetry and work within a community of fellow writers mentored by Richard Blanco.  This six-month course begins with a week-long workshop residency (May 21-25), 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 at the end of August (August 28-Sept. 2) for another week-long workshop on campus, exploring interdisciplinary connections to photography, video, and/or book arts in ways that will expand your perceptions of poetry and inspire new possibilities for your work.  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.

The course is open to participants who’ve previously taken a workshop with Richard, or otherwise studied the fundamentals of the craft. 

Submission of up three poems (no more than 6 pages) should accompany your application. Applicants who have not previously studied with Richard shoudl also submit a letter of introduction explaining their background and establishing having previously studied the fundamentals of the craft. All submissions should be sent to (Word format preferred).

The May residency week will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening and end on Thursday, May 25 at 5pm. We will meet throughout most of each day and part of the evenings, immersed in workshop, generative exercises, and group discussions.  Breakfast and lunches are served on campus during this week, dinners will be on your own.  There are many local restaurant options for your dinner meals. 

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

Course Dates

This course is not offered at this time.
Check our full workshop listing for other alternatives.

Please email us or call 1-877-577-7700 with any questions.



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