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In Dreams Begin Responsibilities is the memorable title of a book of stories and poems by Delmore Schwartz, who lifted it from W.B. Yeats, who attributed the text to an “old play,” using it as an epigraph (responsibility, in the singular) to his 1914 collection, Responsibilities. In this workshop we will look at various kinds of appropriation in poetry, from the homage to the mixtape poem, the cento, the glosa, the golden shovel, and others! We will discuss the ethics of sampling, the importance of attribution, and try out a different form each week. This workshop is for writers at all levels. Beginners welcome!

Mondays, April 8 to May 13, 2024 (no class April 22)
5:00pm to 7:00pm EST, on Zoom

Who Should Take This Class?
Poets & writers who enjoy exploring different forms, beginners welcome!


“At The Writing Institute I first saw myself as a poet. Elaine Sexton encouraged me to experiment with forms I would not have tried, and helped me collect a group of poems to form my first chapbook.” - Marion Brown, The Morning After Summer

“I continue to rely on and work with Elaine Sexton to this day. She is one of the most generous and inspiring teachers I have known." - Linda Hillman Chayes, The Lapse 

"Like so many of Elaine Sexton's other students, I never really became a 'former student.' I took my first workshop with Elaine over 15 years ago at The Writing Institute, and I still continue to work with her today. Elaine is one of the most generous and inspiring teachers I have ever had. I honestly don't know if I ever would have had the nerve to send my work out to be considered for publication without her encouragement. Because of her, I have learned about the craft of poetry and about the publication process; for that reason, I consider her my mentor as well. Honestly, every time I take a workshop with her, I feel like I am coming home." - Cami Zinzi O'Brien, A Welcome Roughness

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Class Details

5 Session(s)
Weekly - Mon

NA - Online

Elaine Sexton 



Schedule Information

Skip dates: (No class on 04/22/2024)

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
4/8/2024 - 5/13/2024 Weekly - Mon 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM N/A - Online Elaine Sexton