24PearlStreet Workshop List

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Jill McDonough

The Dead of Winter: Finding Inspiration Without Finding Your Shoes

January 29 to February 2, 2018
Tuition: $400
It's easy to get in a rut in the winter.  Luckily, the same internet-dependent laziness that got us into this mess can lead to ambitious projects inspired by what we find online. In this intensive one-week class we'll explore archives and resources...More
Laura Madeline Wiseman

A Chapbook Workshop

February 5 to February 9, 2018
Tuition: $400
This one-week intensive workshop will focus on the chapbook manuscript, including sequencing poems, finding narrative arc, and bringing together the themes of a sequence. We’ll explore how our poems speak across a series as we revise, rethink, and...More
Rosie Schaap

Essay is a Verb: The Practice of Personal Narrative: Winter

February 5 to March 2, 2018
Tuition: $500
To essay is to try. Informed and animated by the singular life experience and voice of its author, the personal essay represents an attempt to engage deeply with an idea, a problem, a preoccupation, in the most powerful language possible....More
In this workshop course, we will write poems based on some of the major themes present in the poems of the great German-language Modernist poet Rainer Maria Rilke.  As a poet and thinker Rilke returned to a handful of ideas which he incorporated...More
Meg Day

What's Love Got to Do With It: Poems for Valentine's Day

February 5 to February 9, 2018
Tuition: $400
What is more deeply entangled in the genealogy of the poem than love? Poet Eileen Myles writes that the love poem is where all of poet’s best lines should gather. Poet Truong Tran talks about love as a public word, one too multifarious in meaning...More
Annie Finch

Working the Beat: How to Make Poems Sing

February 5 to February 9, 2018
Tuition: $400
It can be tempting to think of rhythm, meter, or form as a container, something outside and separate from a poem.  But the best poems sing with rhythms that move them as innately and mysteriously as waves work the water.  Whether or not you’ve...More
Daisy Fried

Writing Poems that Don't Fit: Winter

February 5 to March 2, 2018
Tuition: $500
In her four-week workshop, Daisy Fried will guide you as you formulate what your poems want to be and how you fit into your work. With a goal of helping you clarify your themes and focusing on your own voice, this workshop is designed to teach...More
Jennifer Tseng

Writing the Forbidden

February 5 to March 2, 2018
Tuition: $500
In this four-week class you will work to produce pieces of forbidden writing. What’s forbidden to one writer may not be forbidden to another. Some feel forbidden to write about emotions (i.e. anger, happiness etc.) or circumstances (i.e. trauma,...More
Michelle Tea

Memoir that Reads Like Fiction: Winter

February 12 to February 16, 2018
Tuition: $400
In this intensive memoir workshop, you will learn techniques to create a memoir with a cinematic feel and the singular voice of an immersive novel. In addition to discussing style and craft, you will also touch on the personal concerns that...More
Jillian Weise

The Poet as Spy: 4 Tricks from Espionage: Winter

February 12 to February 16, 2018
Tuition: $400
Since we live in the age of the ubiquitous status update, you are already familiar with spying and being spied, watching and being watched, surveying and being surveyed. So you will make that familiarity manifest by writing poems as a secret...More
Devi Lockwood

Tangible Things: Object-based Storytelling

February 19 to February 23, 2018
Tuition: $400
This multi-genre course is a scavenger hunt. Each day will ask you to collect a different object, introduce it to an unexpected space, and to write. We will ask questions of how spaces cradle bodies, objects cradle space, and how the presence of...More
Ed Skoog

Called to Speech: A One-Week Workshop

March 5 to March 9, 2018
Tuition: $400
What is happening when you begin to write a poem? What does it mean to be called to speech, to break into song? Why this, why now? How does the occasion of a poem lead you to write a poem in a certain way, and what avenues do you take to pursue or...More
Rosie Schaap

Essay is a Verb: The Practice of Personal Narrative: Spring

March 5 to March 30, 2018
Tuition: $500
To essay is to try. Informed and animated by the singular life experience and voice of its author, the personal essay represents an attempt to engage deeply with an idea, a problem, a preoccupation, in the most powerful language possible....More
Ann Hood

Jumpstart Your Memoir: Spring

March 5 to March 9, 2018
Tuition: $500
A writing sample is required for admittance to this class. Before registering, please email a writing sample to gleghorn@fawc.org.  Often, that moment when you first begin to write is the scariest. This one-week intensive workshop will help you...More
Ada Limón

Staying True: Authenticity and Voice: Spring

March 5 to April 27, 2018
Tuition: $600
Ada Limón is determined to help you focus in on your own personal style and write poems in your own unique voice in a world filled with constantly challenging external influences. This class you will offer new techniques to help you develop a...More
Rebecca Seiferle

The Poem's Intention

March 5 to March 30, 2018
Tuition: $500
Often, a poem has its own intentions that are at odds with the intentions of the poet. The poet will begin the poem with a certain aim, feeling, perspective, or subject, only to find that the poem veers into unknown territory. Often the preferred...More
Daisy Fried

“Some People Have Been Unkind”: A Workshop on Literary Book Reviewing

March 5 to March 30, 2018
Tuition: $500
In this workshop, you will look at literary book reviewing from aesthetic, ethical, and practical angles, exploring possible approaches for reviewing and discovering what elements are useful in reviews. By examining and discussing samples of...More
Meg Day

5 Days, 6 Poems, 7 Ways Back Home: Spring

March 12 to March 16, 2018
Tuition: $400
Movement is a poet’s dialect: we pace the room of each stanza, we shuttle our readers across & down the page, & we reach inside them & rearrange the furniture. Even our metaphors have a vehicle to transport the tenor to & from. Isn’...More
Chloe Garcia Roberts

Crossing Borders and Subverting Genre: The Lyric Essay: SPRING

March 12 to April 6, 2018
Tuition: $500
Have your poems ever felt jealous of scientific essays, investigative journalism, instruction manuals, business correspondence, or religious texts to name a few? Or conversely does your prose feel like it’s missing certain flourishes, freedoms, or...More
Lisa Duffy

Elements of Craft: A Fiction Workshop: SPRING

March 12 to April 6, 2018
Tuition: $500
This workshop is for students who are looking for critical feedback on a short story or novel-in-progress (novel excerpt should stand alone).  Students will critique each other’s work using a template focused on the essential elements of fiction—...More
Peter Campion

Form From Feeling and Feeling From Form: Spring

March 12 to April 6, 2018
Tuition: $500
 This class is for people who want to improve their poems, by understanding the art more fully, from the inside out. During our four weeks, we’ll explore seven formal elements—action, voice, sentence, phrase, line, sound, and metaphor—...More
Suzanne Rivecca

Good Things in Small Packages: The Art of the Short Story: Spring

March 12 to May 4, 2018
Tuition: $600
A great short story is all the proof we need that bigger isn't necessarily better—or more beautiful, or more profound. In this new class, you will learn how to apply new ideas of structure, character, plot and language to your short stories to...More
Sara Eliza Johnson

Language and the Lucid Dream: Spring

March 12 to May 4, 2018
Tuition: $600
Writing a poem—that is, inventing and manipulating our language to compose it—can be likened to lucid dreaming.  In this course, you will learn to write poems as if dreaming lucidly, which means that you will learn to write with intention and...More
Kimberly Burwick

Roughness, Ruckus and Rumble: Writing toward Disquietude

March 12 to May 4, 2018
Tuition: $600
Engaging the acuteness of internal and external strife, we will generate poems that do not shy away from distress, but engage this feeling head-on. We look at poets such as Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Tomaž Šalamun, Tomasz Różycki, Rebecca Gayle...More
Jillian Weise

The Poet as Spy: 4 Tricks from Espionage: Spring

March 12 to March 16, 2018
Tuition: $400
Since we live in the age of the ubiquitous status update, you are already familiar with spying and being spied, watching and being watched, surveying and being surveyed. So you will make that familiarity manifest by writing poems as a secret...More
Emilia Phillips

The Upside-Down: Contemporary Pastorals and Necropastorals: Spring

March 12 to April 6, 2018
Tuition: $500
“How many ladders to gather an orchard?” asks Brigit Pegeen Kelly in “The Leaving.” Beyond nature poetry, beyond the arcadian romances, this course drives the definition of the poetic pastoral into contemporary fields, including those of ecopoetics...More
Rebecca Gayle Howell

We All Write Sentences: Spring

March 19 to March 23, 2018
Tuition: $400
This one-week intensive invites both poets and prose writers to consider more closely the power of pushing out the boundaries of the English sentence. Reading, across genres, sentences by masters of the ecstatic--James Agee, Gwendolyn Brooks,...More
Joseph Cassara

Narrative Voice & Setting: Inhabiting The Fictional World

March 26 to May 18, 2018
Tuition: $600
Engaging characters and settings have the potential to be the most memorable aspects in our fiction, staying in our readers’ mind long after they finish reading. In this workshop, we will examine a variety approaches to hone our voice and build...More
Fred Marchant

Staying With It: A Five-Day Meditation in Poetry

March 26 to March 30, 2018
Tuition: $400
In this one-week intensive online course we will begin a new poem and stay with it for the whole five days, the goal being to nurture and expand that poem into an extended meditation. We will consider what a meditative poem is and does, and why one...More
Ann Hood

Writing the Personal Essay: Spring

March 26 to April 20, 2018
Tuition: $500
Each week will begin with my introduction of a topic for that week's memoir assignment. Topics will include Food, Place, Love, and Loss. I will email you examples from writers I admire such as Jonathan Lethem, JoAnn Beard, Cheryl Strayed, and Tony...More
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Your Family Members, Your Characters

April 2 to April 6, 2018
Tuition: $400
When we write memoir or autobiographical fiction, our characters are drawn from the people we love, the people we know the best. So why is it that sometimes those characters appear the blurriest to readers, less vivid because they’re drawn from...More
Emilia Phillips

Call (Out): Imitation, Invective, and Conversation

April 9 to May 4, 2018
Tuition: $500
Imitation is the highest form of flattery, right? Right? In this course, we'll investigate the practices of poetic imitation and invective, and everything in between. We'll consider the role imitation plays in the development and ongoing practices...More
Michelle Tea

Memoir that Reads Like Fiction: Spring

April 9 to April 13, 2018
Tuition: $400
In this intensive memoir workshop, you will learn techniques to create a memoir with a cinematic feel and the singular voice of an immersive novel. In addition to discussing style and craft, you will also touch on the personal concerns that...More
Anne Sanow

Revision is the Writing: Prose Workshop

April 9 to May 4, 2018
Tuition: $500
It’s easy to resist revision as the “work” part of creating—but when you embrace it fully as part of the creative process, your writing will start to go to new levels.  Real revision is bold and daring.  It demands that you get into the guts of...More
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Narrating Memoir: Who's Telling Your Life Story?

April 30 to May 4, 2018
Tuition: $400
The memoirist is asked to play many roles: simultaneously that of the author, the narrator, and the character. And while those of the author (you, who sits at the keyboard) and the character (younger you, in the scenes you are recollecting) may be...More
Cam Terwilliger

Flash Fiction: Spring

May 7 to June 1, 2018
Tuition: $500
Regularly appearing in the pages of literary magazines, flash fiction has become one of the most vibrant modes in which to write. A protean form, these extremely short stories come in many different shapes: some realistic, some fantastic, and...More
Sarah Rose Nordgren

Griffins, Harpies, and Jackalopes: Hybrid Poetics

May 7 to May 11, 2018
Tuition: $400
"What grows in that place is possessed of a beauty all its own, ramshackle and unexpected.”- Campbell McGrath, “The Prose Poem”Poetry’s history is one of change, of expansion in and out of new forms, purposes, contexts. It wasn’t too long ago that...More
Sometimes, starting a poem, I feel paralyzed by the task. Each time I need to find the way around my expectations, over the seemingly unsurmountable traditions and the already-trod reactions against tradition, under the deep sea of …whatever—...More
Kimberly Burwick

Mythological Gravity in Poetry: Spring

May 14 to June 8, 2018
Tuition: $500
Interested in mythology and folktales? In this generative workshop we’ll take a close look at how oral legends can make their way into contemporary poems in profound and exciting ways. Drawing on poets such as H.D., Sherwin Bitsui, Linda Gregg,...More
Rebecca Lindenberg

Writing for the Senses: Poetic Imagery, Experience, Emotion, and Evocation

May 14 to May 18, 2018
Tuition: $400
Though this course may be online, it’s a highly experiential one, devoted exclusively to developing the writer’s perceptual path from sensation to language.  Richly original attention to the world and our experience of it is the best possible...More
Francesca Lia Block

12 Questions to Help Structure your Novel in Five Days

May 21 to May 25, 2018
Tuition: $400
Over the years, Francesca Lia Block has helped hundreds and hundreds of writers discover and develop their novels using twelve essential, inter-related questions: What is the character gift and flaw? What is the character want and need? What is...More
Nancy Pearson

15 Works: Summer

June 4 to June 29, 2018
Tuition: $500
This four week poetry workshop is based on a class taught at the former Corcoran School of Art. In "15 Works," you’ll write 3 to 4 poems a week in response to assignments and prompts, with weekly themes. Comments on one another’s poems will be...More
Meg Day

5 Days, 6 Poems, 7 Ways Back Home: Summer

June 4 to June 8, 2018
Tuition: $400
Movement is a poet’s dialect: we pace the room of each stanza, we shuttle our readers across & down the page, & we reach inside them & rearrange the furniture. Even our metaphors have a vehicle to transport the tenor to & from. Isn’...More
Ann Hood

Jumpstart Your Memoir: Summer

June 4 to June 8, 2018
Tuition: $400
A writing sample is required for admittance to this class. Before registering, please email a writing sample to gleghorn@fawc.org.  Often, that moment when you first begin to write is the scariest. This one-week intensive workshop will help you get...More
Alix Ohlin

Making Beautiful Sentences

June 4 to June 29, 2018
Tuition: $500
What makes a sentence so powerful and enduring that it will stick in your mind forever?  In this four-week class, we’ll take a look at some beautiful sentences and try to figure out exactly what makes them work, what distinguishes a writer’s style...More
Natalie Shapero

Other Voices, Other Rooms

June 4 to June 8, 2018
Tuition: $400
This one-week, generative workshop will explore how, when, and why to incorporate external voices, sources, and ideas into your poetic projects. When might a poet utilize external material in order to cultivate a unique persona on the page? As a...More
Sarah Rose Nordgren

The Sources of Poetry

June 4 to July 26, 2018
Tuition: $600
In Sarah Rose Nordgren's workshop you'll explore the inner obsessions and sources that fuel your urge to write. Through guided prompts that will encourage you to experiment, you will learn to write poems that really matter and that are charged...More
Emilia Phillips

Every Phantom // A Story: Erasure and Revision

June 11 to August 9, 2018
Tuition: $600
What isn’t said in a poem is just as meaningful--just as much a craft choice--as what is said. As poets, we so often go to the page with the intention of telling our readers something; this approach, however, often positions us between the reader...More
Elizabeth Bradfield

Rewilding Your Poems: A Month of Prods, Prompts, and Play

June 11 to July 6, 2018
Tuition: $500
It can be easy to fall into a poetic rut.  To feel stuck in routine or less than terrified (don't we all want to be a little terrified by our poems?) by what we put on the page.  This four-week course will focus on exercises that will open new...More
Kimberly Burwick

The Image, Ravenous: Summer

June 11 to June 15, 2018
Tuition: $400
Do you remember how exciting it once was to find a crushed wasp or the first robin in March? In this generative course we will fiercely recollect the early-childhood process of image-making.  Focusing on techniques such as synesthesia, anaphora and...More
Oliver de la Paz

Lovers, Liars, Monsters, Saints: You and the Persona Poem

June 18 to July 13, 2018
Tuition: $500
Ancient Greeks wore masks to express the emotions of the characters they were playing during dramatic productions. There was a pragmatic reason for this--it was often difficult for those seated far away to see what emotion the character being...More
Maria Hummel

Beginning Your Mystery Novel

June 18 to June 22, 2018
Tuition: $400
Tana French, Kate Atkinson, and Gillian Flynn are part of an explosion of new mystery novelists who are stretching the strict conventions of this long-beloved genre to make timely, original books. If you’ve ever daydreamed about joining them, this...More
Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Of Knowing Nothing and Everything: A Week of Poem, Pigment, and Paint in the Lab: Summer

June 18 to June 22, 2018
Tuition: $400
In this class we'll ask rigorous questions like, "What do I mean when I say the sky is blue?" & "What does 'green' mean, really?" This is a class about using multiple mediums and the art of surprise to make our poems and our practice of...More
Annie Finch

Working the Beat More; How to Make Poems Sing in Depth

June 18 to July 13, 2018
Tuition: $500
It can be tempting to think of rhythm, meter, or form as a container, something outside and separate from a poem.  But the best poems sing with rhythms that move them as innately and mysteriously as waves work the water.  Whether or not you’ve...More
Sara Eliza Johnson

LANGUAGE AND THE LUCID DREAM: Summer

June 25 to August 17, 2018
Tuition: $600
Writing a poem—that is, inventing and manipulating our language to compose it—can be likened to lucid dreaming.  In this course, you will learn to write poems as if dreaming lucidly, which means that you will learn to write with intention and...More
Fred Marchant

Letters to the World

June 25 to June 29, 2018
Tuition: $400
Poets from the ancient world to the present time have often found the idea of a "letter in verse" very appealing. Sometimes that letter poem is addressed to a real person in a real time and place: a friend, a lover, a teacher, a relative, a public...More
Rebecca Gayle Howell

We All Write Sentences: Summer

June 25 to June 29, 2018
Tuition: $400
This one-week intensive invites both poets and prose writers to consider more closely the power of pushing out the boundaries of the English sentence. Reading, across genres, sentences by masters of the ecstatic--James Agee, Gwendolyn Brooks,...More
Ed Skoog

Have You Tried the Side Door? Finding A Way In To Your Next Poems: SUMMER

July 2 to August 24, 2018
Tuition: $600
Sometimes, starting a poem, I feel paralyzed by the task. Each time I need to find the way around my expectations, over the seemingly unsurmountable traditions and the already-trod reactions against tradition, under the deep sea of …whatever—you...More
Peter Campion

Form From Feeling and Feeling From Form: Summer

July 9 to August 3, 2018
Tuition: $500
 This class is for people who want to improve their poems, by understanding the art more fully, from the inside out. During our four weeks, we’ll explore seven formal elements—action, voice, sentence, phrase, line, sound, and metaphor—...More
Meghan O'Gieblyn

Place in Memoir

July 9 to August 31, 2018
Tuition: $600
Too often, location is regarded as the backdrop of a memoir—the fixed stage-set on which the action unfolds. But there is a long tradition of memoir that privileges place, and the writer’s experience with that place. In such works, location takes...More
Rebecca Lindenberg

What I Should Have Said: Writing Funny Poems

July 9 to August 3, 2018
Tuition: $500
It is really hard to write funny.  It’s even harder to write funny with substance and pathos.  But in this class, we’ll look at several poems that succeed at being funny in different ways  - some by unlikely juxtapositions, some by satire, some by...More
Sarah Green

YOUR BEST BEACH BODY: Seven Prompts to Provoke and Invite

July 9 to July 13, 2018
Tuition: $400
Where in your body do you house longing? Where does surprise live? Tenderness? Humor? This week we'll prep our summer poem bodies with seven prompts designed to provoke and invite the visceral and somatic, both dark and light. We'll build muscle...More
Maria Hummel

Novel Writing: Answering the Top Ten Questions

July 23 to July 27, 2018
Tuition: $400
In this course, we'll explore the top ten questions that writers need to consider when writing a novel. These questions include "Is my novel idea-based or character-based?" "What details and action will make my characters seem real and genuine on...More
Ann Hood

Writing the Personal Essay: Summer

July 23 to August 17, 2018
Tuition: $500
Each week will begin with my introduction of a topic for that week's memoir assignment. Topics will include Food, Place, Love, and Loss. I will email you examples from writers I admire such as Jonathan Lethem, JoAnn Beard, Cheryl Strayed, and Tony...More
Poet CAConrad has successfully used (Soma)tic poetry rituals to overcome destructive and debilitating depression after the murder of his boyfriend Earth (aka Mark Holmes).  He has also created writing rituals using the night sky to design homemade...More
Kim Addonizio

Diving into Metaphor

August 6 to August 31, 2018
Tuition: $500
“Juliet is the sun!” Shakespeare famously wrote. And Pound, just as famously, saw the faces at a Metro station as “petals on a wet, black bough.”  The magic of metaphor: one thing in terms of another.  Metaphor structures our thinking and daily...More
Fred Marchant

Living the Dream

August 6 to August 31, 2018
Tuition: $500
Just think of how many dreams you have during any given week or month! Think of the imaginative energy that pours into, and emanates from, those images and stories. Think too of how that imaginative energy might be harnessed or otherwise brought to...More
Major Jackson

Visionary Poetics

August 6 to August 10, 2018
Tuition: $400
We designate those poets with vision who have successfully developed an identifiable style or addressed a topic in their poetry that becomes almost synonymous with their name. For example, poets such as Lucille Clifton, Yusef Komunyakaa, CK...More