Instructor: Dawn Potter
Date & Time: Thursdays, September 14 – November 16 | 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: USM’s Glickman Library
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $450 | Nonmember $600
Registration Closes: September 6

This ten-week master class in poetry will focus on ways in which the work of both canonical and contemporary poets can feed one’s creativity and help hone one’s revision strategies. By approaching William Shakespeare, Amy Lowell, Tim Seibles, A. E. Stallings, and others as colleagues, participants will not only learn from their discoveries but also become more confident of their own place in the long sweep of poetic history.

Throughout the multipart workshop, participants will delve into the craft elements that provide the scaffolding for a poet’s voice: word choice, line, stanza, punctuation, imagery, character, sound, and syntax. Each session will include readings and conversation that focus on a specific element, as well as a linked writing prompt, and workshopping of participants’ poems. Participants should be prepared to draft a new poem each week and to actively revise several of those drafts over the course of the ten weeks.

+ SUBMIT Participants will be asked to submit a poetry manuscript of their writing in advance. Please submit a manuscript of 3 poems (no more than 5 pages) by no later than 9:00 a.m. on September 6. Please email the manuscript to with the subject line: “POTTER WORKSHOP MSS.”

DATES This workshop will meet every Thursday between September 14 and November 16.

PAYMENTS MWPA members may pay for this workshop in one payment, or may pay in three installments of $150, due at the first of each month. *PLEASE NOTE If you have selected to pay for this multi-week workshop on the installment option, once you begin attending the workshop you are responsible for paying all of the remaining installments. If you should, for any reason, leave the workshop once it has begun, you are still responsible for paying all of the remaining installments.

CEU The MWPA is proud to offer Continuing Education Units (CEU) for this workshop. The CEU is a nationally recognized method of quantifying the time spent in the classroom during non-credit learning. Ten hours of instruction equal one (1) CEU. (*Please note that by definition, CEUs are non-credit continuing education and therefore not transferrable as academic credit.)

Dawn Potter directs the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching, held each summer at Robert Frost’s home in Franconia, New Hampshire. She is the author or editor of seven books of prose and poetry, most recently The Vagabond’s Bookshelf: A Reader’s Memoir (2016). New poems and essays have appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, the Sewanee Review, the Threepenny Review, and many other journals in the United States and abroad. Dawn works widely as a visiting writer, leading classes for K-12 students, teacher development programs, and undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to writing, editing, and teaching, she sings and plays fiddle with the band Doughty Hill. VISIT

All MWPA workshops require advanced registration. We accept registration by phone, mail, and online via PayPal. We cannot guarantee registration in the final 24-hours before a workshop, and can rarely accommodate day-of registration.

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If you prefer to pay by mail, please print this registration form (downloadable PDF) and mail it to the MWPA with a check or credit card information.



The MWPA is proud to offer one full scholarship to this workshop for members-only. Scholarships are awarded on a combination of need and merit. Application Due in the MWPA office on September 1 at 9:00 a.m.

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