Poetry Workshop

WRIT S1201D
section 001
3 points
Session I: May 26 - July 2
M, W 11:00 am - 1:10 pm
Instructor: Robert Ostrom
 
WRIT S1201S
section 002
3 points
Session II: July 6 - Aug 7
T, R 11:00 pm - 1:10 pm
Instructor: Timothy Donnelly

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According to William Carlos Williams, "A poem is a small (or large) machine made of words." In this workshop, we will build these machines, with careful attention to the parts--word, line, and stanza; pacing, form, and rhyme. Weekly exercises will help students experiment and practice various poetic elements. Readings, of mostly contemporary poetry, will serve as inspiration and/or models for these exercises.
 
Students' poems will be read and discussed during workshops with the goal of cultivating each other's voice and style. In addition, students will practice and consider extensive revisions for the sake of improving others' and their own work. Furthermore, through workshops and written explications, students will develop a critical approach to poetry.
 
Members of the beginning poetry workshop will explore the challenges writing and reading poetry pose: What is poetry? What makes it worthwhile? Where do we find inspiration? Through dialogue, writing procedures, spells and incantations, we will discover if and how the muse can be summoned.

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Tuition & Fees
 
Most summer courses are offered at the standard Continuing Education tuition rate of
$1,570 per point ($4,710 for a 3-point course).
For more information on tuition and course fees, please refer to our Tuition & Fees page.

Materials Fee: $20
 
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For questions about School of the Arts course content, please write to our summer team at soasummer@columbia.edu. For all other Summer Program questions, including admissions, registration, and billing, please contact the School of Continuing Education summer team at ce-info@columbia.edu, or 212-854-9666.

About the Instructors
 
Robert Ostrom

Robert Ostrom is from Jamestown, New York. He is the author of The Youngest Butcher in Illinois and two chapbooks, To Show the Living and Nether and Qualms. more
 
 
Timothy Donnelly

Timothy Donnelly is the author of Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit (Grove, 2003) and The Cloud Corporation (Wave, 2010; Picador, 2011), for which he won the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. more
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