This summer, join me in Creating the Poetry Chapbook, where we’ll write, curate, and develop a collection of poems for publication! All poets working in all forms and genres are welcome.
Creating the Poetry Chapbook
INSTRUCTOR: Kendra Preston Leonard
TIME: Mondays, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, 6:00–8:30 p.m. CST
PRICE: Early bird until Wednesday, June 30: $210 for members, $240 for nonmembers. After Wednesday, June 30: $240 for members, $270 for nonmembers. Become a member here. Apply for a scholarship here.
LOCATION: Online via Zoom
From first poem to final publication, this workshop takes you through the ins and outs of writing, organizing, and sharing poetry in the chapbook format. Chapbooks, which have their origins in early modern Europe, are small collections of poems or prose poems of no more than forty pages. Often centered on a theme, chapbooks are an excellent way of sharing and promoting your poetry. Over the course of this workshop, we will discuss selecting a theme, explore resources for writing, write poems and discuss them together, talk about ways of organizing the poems in the chapbook, and consider different methods of publishing. Some previous experience writing poetry will be helpful, but not required. We’ll be working with Matthew Salesses’s book Craft in the Real World to help guide us in our workshop; I’ll provide scans of the material we’ll use the most, but having a copy on hand isn’t a bad idea.