Instructor: Megan Grumbling
Date & Time: Mondays, September 17 to December 3 | 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $450 | Nonmember $600
Registration Closes: September 12

Writers can thrive from chances to leap—to vault their practice into energizing new modes for both the creation and the revision of poems. In this ten-week master class, poets will explore a range of exercises, readings, and strategies to spur the generation of new work, and to help them find fresh movement and surprise in drafted poems.

The workshop will include exercises done both in class and at home, all meant to stimulate participants’ imagination and sense of what is possible in a poem. Conversations during class will include strategies to enrich writers’ tools for deep and vivifying revision. Over the ten weeks, participants will be encouraged to generate ten new poems, and will have the opportunity to both offer feedback and receive it from fellow poets.

+ Each week’s session will include a warm-up exercise, the workshopping of half the class’s poems, and discussion of a selection of poems and elements of form/craft. Discussions will cover a range of topics, such as image, voice, form, music, meter, and lineation. Writing exercises may include experiments with such modes and devices as poetic portraiture, visual art and music, documentary artifacts, elegy and eulogy, the “political” or social commentary poem, and forms for dialoguing with other authors or figures.

+ Participants will read and discuss poems by a range of poets including Martha Collins, Tyehimba Jess, Seamus Heaney, Donald Junkins, C.D. Wright, and others.

+ SUBMIT After registering, participants are asked to submit a manuscript (one poem) by no later than 9:00 AM on September 7. Please note that this poem will be the first of five poems you will submit for feedback from the class and instructor. Please email the manuscript to with the subject line: “GRUMBLING WORKSHOP MSS.” *Word docs (ideally) or PDFs only, please.

DATES The workshop will meet every Monday between September 17 and December 1, except October 8 and November 12, unless unforeseen scheduling issues should arise. 

PAYMENTS MWPA members may pay for this workshop in one payment, or may pay in three installments of $150, due at registration and the 17th of each month (October, November). *PLEASE NOTE If you have selected to pay for this multi-week workshop on the installment option, once registration for the workshop has closed, you are responsible for paying all of the remaining installments. If you should, for any reason, leave the workshop after registration has closed, 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.)

Grumbling2Megan Grumbling’s poetry collection Booker’s Point was awarded the Vassar Miller Prize and the Maine Book Award for Poetry. Her poetry has also been awarded the Ruth Lilly Fellowship and the Robert Frost Foundation Award, and has appeared in Poetry, Crazyhorse, The Iowa Review, Memorious, and elsewhere. She is theater critic for the Portland Phoenix, serves as reviews editor for the poetry journal The Café Review, and is librettist of the spoken opera Persephone in the Late Anthropocene. 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 September 4 at 9:00 a.m.

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