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Poetry: Reading with a Pen, Writing from Observation

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CourseGraphic This workshop is for poets and writers in other genres interested in sharing a close reading (with a pen) of thought-provoking poetry and in-class writing exercises in response to what we are reading and looking at. Prompts are designed to encourage fresh ways of “seeing,” and in writing as a form of documentation.

Each week will include prompts you will want to try out again, and again. The curriculum will be mix of newly published poetry often paired with that of classic masters. Diane Suess-ian’s sonnets, for example, might brush up against Elizabeth Bishop’s Questions of Travel.

In each class we will generate new work and engage in a conversation about the burgeoning world of letters in and out of the “Zoom” classroom.

March 27 to April 24
Mondays 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Zoom

Who should take this class?

Poets and writers interested in trying out poetry.



“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

"Elaine Sexton is a superb teacher.  She is generous, thoughtful, insightful, and truly creative.  Each of her writing prompts are beautifully constructed -- they enable students to experience deep, pleasurable dives into writing time after time. Everyone should take her class." - former student

Class Details

5 Session(s)
Weekly - Mon

NA - Online

Elaine Sexton 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/27/2023 - 4/24/2023 Weekly - Mon 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM N/A - Online Elaine Sexton