As a transplant from Seattle, I've been missing my poetry workshop mates and I haven't discovered a group on here or in this city that quite fits. I'd like to have a place that provides opportunity for serious workshopping of poetry, as well as helps fellow poets write new poetry and have a safe place to share their poetry and experiment. How this workshop would run: Groups shouldn't exceed 5 people, so if there were more folks then we would split into smaller groups. Everyone, if they so choose, brings a poem to workshop. Taking turns, a poet will read his/her poem just to be heard, then a second time to allow everyone to comment on their copy, and then those comments will be shared with the writer. In my experience, this is the best way to workshop poetry effectively. Critiquing means constructive criticism, as well as the ability to have a thick skin when you're the one being critiqued. It's about the writing, not the person. We can also do free writing from prompts, optional assignments and even analysis of other pieces to learn what works and what doesn't. I'd really love to just get this started and see where it goes. As a writer, hopeful graduate student, and eventual professor, I'm very aware that restricting my poetry writing experience to myself is insufficient. So if you feel the same, have similar aspirations, or simply want to seriously develop your poetry, then please join us!
Welcome poets and poetry lovers!