Celebrating National Poetry Month: Four Weeks, Four Poems with Maggie Smith

  • Thurber Center 91 Jefferson Avenue Columbus, OH, 43215 United States

Four Tuesdays: April 4, 11, 18, 25

This exciting four part poetry workshop runs April 4, 11, 18, 25 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue. Class tuition is $250 and covers all four classes. Must be 18 to participate.

The purpose of this intermediate poetry workshop is to broaden and deepen your knowledge of poetry and attention to craft. We’ll move through four prompts, each tackling either occasion or technique (persona poem, ode/elegy, etc.). We’ll read model poems and, through lessons and exercises, find unexpected ways to rise to that level of craft. You will produce a new draft every week and will take away targeted, motivating comments from an experienced poet and instructor, plus peer feedback. Plan to leave the course with fresh and revised drafts of multiple poems; refined skills to apply to your work; and a clearer sense of your strengths and unique voice.

Instructor: Maggie Smith is the author of Weep Up, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, Lamp of the Body, and three prizewinning chapbooks. Her poems appear in the Paris Review, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. The recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Smith is a freelance writer and editor. In 2016, her poem “Good Bones” went viral internationally and has been translated into nearly a dozen languages.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: March 28, 4:00 p.m. (Registration deadline has passed.)