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Start 2013 with a Free Poetry Course

What’s your New Year’s resolution? Why not start 2013 off with a free poetry writing course?

What is it? When can I start?

From February 18th to April 1st, IWP Distance Learning will offer a free 7-week Virtual Poetry Seminar. Poet Margaret Ross will lead the weekly live online sessions and offer students regular feedback on their writing.

In the seminar (taught in English), students will read and discuss modern and contemporary poems that convey complex experience through a wide range of formal strategies. Readings will include poems by Francis Ponge, Gertrude Stein, Elizabeth Bishop, Michael Palmer, and others. Students will also complete writing exercises designed to broaden the scope of their own poetry and generate vivid new work through formal, rhythmic, and imagistic discovery. [Work will not be graded, and is not eligible for University of Iowa credit.]

Who is eligible?

Since this course is offered entirely online, anyone with an internet connection is encouraged to apply. The course is designed for advanced writers with an active commitment to reading poetry and refining their craft, though no previous experience is required. The course will be limited to fifteen writers by application only. International writers are encouraged to apply.

Who is the instructor?

Margaret Ross is a graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and author of the recent poetry chapbook Decay Constant. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Iowa Review, and Volt. She has taught poetry courses at the University of Iowa and at Cornell College.

How do I apply?

Submit a resume, a statement of purpose, and a writing sample (in English, no more than 5 pages of poems) to iwpapplications@gmail.com. The deadline for submitting an application is January 28th, 2013. Questions? Email them to iwpapplications@gmail.com. For more information about IWP Distance Learning, see our December 20th blog interview with distance learning coordinator Rebecca Boyle.