• Image of Works in Progress: Spring 2019
  • Image of Works in Progress: Spring 2019
  • Image of Works in Progress: Spring 2019
  • Image of Works in Progress: Spring 2019

You want to finish more poems
and send them out
and yet . . .

If you're honest,
you could use some structure and support
while you re-engage with your work in progress.

You would appreciate
some friendly guidance as you gather
your unfinished drafts,
treat them like they matter,
and complete a small group of poems before the end of the year.

Even if this work is just for you, wouldn't it feel amazing to print out one, or three, or five, or even more poems that you consider *finished* before the next season?

Dust off some of the things you've worked on this year.
Let's bring them to some kind of resolution.

Spring 2019 dates:
April 19-May 3, 2019

Lesson One: Bring in the Harvest
Lesson Two: Principles to Guide the Process
Lesson Three: Expand and Contract
Lesson Four: Resee and Rehear
Lesson Five: Prepare, Submit, Publish

*Live Q&A: TBD
*Live web workshop: TBD
(A recording of the session will be provided to those who are absent)

How does it work?
This email-based course employs a series of enjoyable exercises and helpful readings and videos to help you advance your work in progress.

Every three days you will receive a written lesson as well as a video, audio recording, or short reading to assist the process. Give it 30 minutes (or more!) of your attention and watch your drafts evolve, resolve, and come alive.

Toward the end of the course, we'll meet in a live webinar for a 90-minute interactive workshop, in which we'll reflect what we did, how it felt, what we made, and what to do next. Participants will be invited to read from their work in progress.

Expect to leave the course having polished your poems (you decide how many), tried several creative revision strategies, learned how to prepare and submit work for publication, and recommitted to the work you care about.

This course will be suitable for anyone who has drafts of unfinished poems that they would like to revise and improve.

*If you would prefer to send a check, just email poetry forge (at) gmail (dot) com to be added to the class list. I will follow up with an address where you can mail your tuition.

Instructor: Holly Wren Spaulding.