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Poetry Seminar

The Poetry Seminar Becomes an Online Experience in 2020

August 2-7, 2020

Because the coronavirus pandemic has interrupted many people’s summer planning, we have redesigned the Poetry Seminar as an online experience, which will take place August 2 – 7. To participate, you’ll access the events via Zoom, a free videoconferencing platform. One benefit to holding the Seminar online, is that you’ll be able to take part from anywhere in the world, without incurring any travel costs! As well, the cost of the Seminar will be reduced, so this is a rare opportunity.

As always, you’ll have access to instruction from our world-class faculty, focused attention on your work, and the vital exchanges of peers in workshop. Our goal is to support, refresh, and inspire you.

How You’ll Take Part in the Seminar

You’ll need a computer with a camera and high-speed internet. You’ll download the free Zoom app, then use the links we provide to join each event. We’ll provide clear instructions, and a staff member will be available to troubleshoot tech issues with you.

In addition to our regular programs we are offering:

A New Formalist Track:
Freedom and Form

The response to our new Formalist Track has been so strong that Rebecca Foust’s workshop is now full. We’ve added a second Formalist section, which will be led by Diane Seuss (a master of the modern sonnet), and that workshop is also filling quickly. Spaces are limited, please apply soon.

Form is enjoying a robust comeback, with poets writing now not just in received forms like sonnets, villanelles, sestinas, ghazals, haiku, tanka (as well as free verse, itself a form), but also in a broad array of exciting new forms including golden shovels, bops, duplexes, syncopated sonnets, and more.

At the Poetry Seminar, we’re interested in form as a way to connect contemporary poets with the most ancient tools of our art, and especially with form’s flexibility to be adapted in ways that only the future can imagine. Learn more about the new Formalist Track.

The opportunity to discuss a full-length manuscript is also available.

Returning Participants: The application-fee for returning participants is waived.

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As of 6/28, Poetry Seminar is now fully subscribed. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please apply and the director will contact you about your status on the list.


  1. Hi – I’m just wondering when you hope to post info on the 2020 Poetry Seminar. I’m eager to apply!

    Many thanks,

  2. WE have posted an updated online description. I hope that you can still make it.