In-Depth Craft Talks
Pulitzer Prize Winner Gregory Pardlo teaches an Ekphrasis Class
Delicious Food
A Community of Writers
Learn Together
Poetry Seminar Director Patrick Donnelly leads a craft class
Meet the Poets
Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo signs books after a reading

Poetry Seminar Details


  • A Day at the Seminar

    After your arrival at the beautiful White Mountain School, our primary venue, you’ll meet your fellow participants and faculty at a welcome reception and dinner. Mornings feature poetry craft discussions, then we break for a delicious communal lunch, followed by an intimate afternoon workshop of your poems or one-on-one meetings with faculty. Some days offer optional presentations following the workshop, or you can use the free time before dinner to read, write, think, or tour. Each night we hold readings at The Frost Place by faculty poets, special guests, and on the final evening, by you. Wednesday is a special day: you’ll have the morning free until workshop. In the evening we’ll gather for cocktails and dinner at the museum, followed by a tour of the private section of Robert Frost’s former home, led by the Dartmouth Poet in Residence. Our last day concludes with a farewell gathering after the participants’ reading.

  • About the Seminar

    If you’ve attended the Seminar before, no need to worry that we’re going to cover the same material, because the craft focus2writing and presentations change every year. So come on back this year!

    • Spend five days with a select community of poets exploring your artistic work in the context of a rich variety of poetry ancestors and contemporaries.
    • Discover how poetic lineages and community can provide models, provocations and correctives to widen your thinking about your own efforts.
    • Learn from a distinguished and accomplished faculty how poets choose, imitate, enter into dialogue with, and sometimes argue with the work of our poetic ancestors and contemporaries.
    • Enjoy delicious group meals and spirited conversation surrounded by views of the White Mountains of northern New Hampshire.
    • Take part in readings in the Henry Holt Barn at The Frost Place, where Robert Frost lived full-time between 1915 and 1920, then spent summers through 1938.

    The Seminar schedule features a daily presentation/discussion exploring aspects of craft and technique, an afternoon workshop of participants’ poems or individual meeting with faculty, and an evening reading, some by faculty poets and others featuring participants.

  • Tuition

    Seminar package rate: $1,550.00 Includes tuition, all meals (six breakfasts, five lunches, six dinners), and lodging at The White Mountain School in Bethlehem, NH
    Commuter Rate $1,250 Includes tuition, full participation, five lunches and six dinners, no lodging
    Day Rate $200 Includes seminar attendance for one day, one lunch, and one dinner.


    Early bird, MFA, and Senior discounts are available

  • Individual Meetings with Faculty

    Participants will schedule one-on-one meetings with their workshop leader to occur on the last day of the Seminar. Participants may use this time to discuss two poems not covered in the workshop, and/or to discuss the workshop poems in greater detail.

  • Workshops

    Seminar participants will be divided evenly for workshops between the three workshop faculty, and will remain with the same faculty member for all five days. We anticipate that each workshop will have 5 – 7 people; each participant will have the opportunity to workshop four poems. You’ll have the option to say which of the three faculty members you’d like to work with, but we prefer that you trust us to make the match. Presentations, discussions, meals and readings will provide many opportunities for you to interact with faculty and guests other than your workshop leader.

  • Accommodations

    The Poetry Seminar will be housed at the beautiful White Mountain School. Take a look at photos and description of food and facilities at the White Mountain School.

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