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A new class is starting the end of June for six weeks through the International Writing Program at University of Iowa on How Writers Write Poetry. The class will feature lectures on aspects of craft and the writing process. I took the Walt Whitman course this spring through this program, and it was excellent. Start date is June 28, 2014 for the poetry class. Stay tuned for classes in fiction, nonfiction, and translation. How Writers Write Fiction starts Sept. 27, 2014. There is no cost to join.

Assignments are optional, but there is an opportunity to post your work and receive feedback. A brief description of the course:

How Writers Write Poetry, a six-week course beginning on June 28, 2014, is an interactive study of the practice of writing poetry. The course presents a curated collection of short, intimate talks on craft by two dozen acclaimed poets writing in English. Craft topics include sketching techniques, appropriation, meter, constraints, sound, mindfulness, and pleasure. The talks are designed for beginning poets just starting to put words on a page as well as for advanced poets looking for new entry points, thoughts about process, or teaching tips. The course will be taught by University of Iowa International Writing Program Director and poet/translator Christopher Merrill as well as Black Rainbow Editions Editor and poet Mary Hickman.


(in order by video lineup)

Robert Hass, Kate Greenstreet, Lucy Ives, Daniel Khalastchi, Sridala Swami, Alexandria Peary, Richard Kenney, William Trowbridge, Dora Malech, Tarfia Faizullah, Nick Twemlow, Kiki Petrosino, James Galvin, Kwame Dawes, Shane McCrae, Teemu Manninen, Carol Light, Larissa Szporluk, Michael Dennis Browne, Caryl Pagel, Marvin Bell, and Mary Hickman.

Sign up on the IWP website here.