UPDATE: As of 9/21, the Writing Center’s poetry workshop will be held from 4–5 PM on Thursday in the Writing Center, CH 123.
Every week, the Writing Center will be holding a poetry writing workshop for interested students. Whether you’ve been writing poetry for years or you’re just interested in trying it out, this workshop is for you; it’s open to undergraduate and graduate students of any major or concentration.
The workshop will be held weekly on Tuesdays in Cherry Hall 026 from 1–2 PM, and will consist of poetry writing prompts, sharing written work, and craft discussion. The workshop will be led by Hunter Little, writing center tutor and MFA candidate in poetry. Participants are encouraged to bring their own work to the workshop to share and discuss.
This workshop continues the tradition started last year by MFA candidate Zane DeZeeuw. Previous students who attended the workshop found it to be a fun, positive experience with benefits for their poetry, and their writing in general. Adrian Sanders, senior Creative Writing undergrad was a regular attendee of the workshop last year, and plans to attend this year as well. “The poetry workshop was a great opportunity to write outside of a classroom setting and further explore poetic forms,” she says. “It also gave me the opportunity to meet other English majors that I may not have otherwise had the opportunity to meet.”
Student-led workshops and writing groups, independent of the classroom can be beneficial, even if for academic rather than creative writing. These workshops can be formal groups—like the Writing Center’s poetry workshop—with defined meeting times and a designated facilitator, or they can be more casual, such as a few students from a class getting together occasionally to workshop papers.
Workshopping is one of many feedback systems writers and student writers can use to revise their work. It provides a different type of responses than teacher feedback, which can be directive (such as pointing errors to “fix” to improve the paper and grade), or writing tutor feedback, which is often developmental (focused on helping students develop and clarify their ideas in writing); peer workshop responses are all suggestions, which you are free to take or ignore. Additionally, workshopping allows you to read other writers’ works, improving your critical reading and editing skills, which are in turn helpful to your own writing.
Be sure to stop by the poetry workshop this week at 1 PM in CH026 for some thoughtful work in poetry. If you’re interested in learning more about student-led writing workshops, have suggestions for other writing center workshop offerings, or would like help starting your own workshop group, stop by the Writing Center and we’d be happy to help! We’re open from 9 AM to 4 PM in 123 Cherry Hall and 4 PM to 9 PM in the Academic Commons in Cravens, Monday through Thursday (9 AM to 3 PM in 123 Cherry Hall on Fridays).