Instructor: Arielle Greenberg
Saturdays, February 9 & March 2
Time: 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM & 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM EST
Maximum Attendees:
Member: $115 | Nonmember: $170
Registration Closes: January 31

This two-session workshop is geared toward serious poets eager for a challenge. It will stretch participants’ assumptions about the fundamentals of poetics, and hone each individual’s style and voice, pushing participants to confront their old habits and write even more meaningful, compelling poems.

Participants will send 2-3 poems in advance of the first seminar for review by the instructor and their classmates. During the first session, each participant’s work will be discussed for approximately 15 minutes; while suggestions for revision may be made, the focus will be on how to generate new work that refines and builds on each participant’s strengths. Writing and reading assignments will be provided.

During the second session, the class will provide feedback on one new or revised poem (no longer than 2 pages) by each participant.

Please note that without being harsh or dismissive, the instructor’s feedback is likely to be direct and challenging; poets should be thoughtful about whether this kind of honest, critical feedback is a good fit for them before registering.

+ SUBMIT After registering, participants are asked to submit 2-3 poems of 1-2 pages each by no later than 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 31. Please note that these manuscripts will be distributed in advance via email to the other workshop participants and instructor. Please email the manuscript to with the subject line: “GREENBERG WORKSHOP MSS.” *Word docs (ideally) or PDFs only, please.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop will occur online, using the video meeting platform Zoom, which means students may participate from the comfort of their own homes (or anywhere with a reliable, fast internet connection). Upon registration, students will be emailed two links that they may use to enter the class on February 9 & March 2. Students will not be required to create a Zoom account to participate, however it will be necessary to download the software, and students are strongly advised to do so in advance of the workshop. On Thursday, February 7 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, program director Hannah Perry will offer a one-hour remote test session. Students are STRONGLY encouraged to participate in the test session, and those who do not are responsible for setup and installation on their own.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: a reliable, fast internet connection (broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE), speakers & a microphone (built-in or USB plug-in), and a webcam (built-in or USB plug-in). Full details on supported Operating Systems, internet browsers, and more can be found here: If you would like to test your internet connection and your computer’s compatibility with Zoom, click here for instructions:

GreenbergArielle Greenberg has taught in a number of low-residency MFA programs and is a former associate professor in the poetry program at Columbia College Chicago. Twice featured in the Best American Poetry series, she is a MacDowell Colony fellow and the author of three works of creative nonfiction/lyric essay—Locally Made PantiesShake Her, and, with Rachel Zucker, Home/Birth: a Poemic—and four books of poetry. 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.

If you need to withdraw from a class after registering for any reason, please email or call the MWPA immediately. You may be eligible for a partial refund or credit, depending on how far in advance you cancel.

For any questions regarding this workshop, please contact Hannah Perry at

Call 207-228-8263 and register with your VISA or MasterCard.

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 January 28 at 9:00 a.m.

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