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Poetry Book Manuscript Intensive

This weekend poetry intensive is for poets who want guidance in taking the rough draft of their chapbook or full length manuscript to its final form. It will investigate the questions: Should your collection be sectioned; and if so, what is the logic behind that sectioning? What is the emotional arc of your collection or chapbook? How is your title functioning? Where are the gaps in this manuscript, both physically and in terms of content? How is the collection functioning on a formal level? By asking you to define your manuscript’s goals and shortcomings, the format of this workshop will cater to your collection’s particular needs. Feedback from widely published poet and instructor Raena Shirali will also include a list of 3 potential places to submit your work once it has been through the revision process.

Students must have a chapbook OR full length manuscript that they consider to be a rough draft, with the poems therein considered “almost done” or “final drafts.” Chapbook limitation: between 30-45 pages. Full length limitation: between 48-72 pages.

Cost: $250 (financial aid available)
Schedule: July 21 10-4pm (w/lunch break) & July 22 10-4 pm (w/lunch break)
6-10 students (need 6 students to run)
Registration: Rolling, by application, closes July 5, 2019
To apply: email the below to If applying for financial aid, please also fill out this form.

—A statement about your project (identify your goals for this manuscript in terms of content).
—Three things you want to get out of this workshop for your particular manuscript.
—One or two things that would NOT be helpful for your particular workshop.