How it Works

In a supportive and collaborative environment students refine their critical skills through close readings and in-class discussion of selected poets and of each other’s work with an emphasis being placed on approaching and evaluating each work on its own terms.

Blending lecture, critical reading, writing exercises, and group discussion, our classes are designed to challenge students while helping them explore and develop their craft.

  • Course length varies and courses meet once per week (2 hour classes).
  • Each 2 hour class includes 20-30 minutes (approx.) of lecture or writing exercises and in-depth critiques of each student’s work.
  • Students will be given a reading list of poetry books that support themes addressed in that class.
  • Students turn in one poem per week for class critique.
  • In addition to regular classes, the School offers one-day workshops with visiting poets. Previous featured poets have included Ron Silliman, Eileen Myles, Charles Bernstein, Pierre Joris, Dodie Bellamy, Jill Magi, and CAConrad.
  • Class sizes are limited (8–10 student maximum per class) to give each student the full attention of their instructor and peers.

How Online Classes Work

Work face-to-face with your instructor and fellow students, from anywhere in the world, through our Skype-based classrooms. Skype Group Video Chat allows you to attend class from home using your own Skype account.

Our online classrooms are designed to reproduce the interactivity and intimacy found in face-to-face environments in an easy-to-use, familiar fashion.

  • Students and instructors log into the classroom at the start of each session.
  • Each person in the classroom can be seen and heard through their own video feed window.
  • All poems and lecture materials can be viewed and interacted with on screen.
  • And the instructor can share their computer screen to show additional class materials like videos, blogs, and other websites.

What You Need

A computer with:

  • Macintosh, Windows, or Linux operating systems.
  • Skype for your operating system.
  • A microphone (most have one built in) for voice conferencing.
  • A web cam for video conferencing.
  • An internet connection (preferably high-speed, like cable or DSL).
  • That’s it!