Poetry, Reading

  • Term: Fall 2023
  • Start Date: October 14, 2023
  • End Date: November 4, 2023
  • Day of Week: Saturday
  • Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm PT
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $240.00
  • Member Price: $216.00

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Gwendolyn Brooks & The Golden Shovel

In this generative class, we'll take inspiration from poems of Gwendolyn Brooks. Each week, we'll read and discuss her poems, and take time to write our own golden shovels—a fun, flexible form invented by Terrance Hayes in tribute to Brooks. We'll read aloud our drafts each week, workshop more polished drafts in small groups (twice), write during class, and discuss revision. The instructor will offer written feedback on one golden shovel/student.

Required text: Selected Poems by Gwendolyn Brooks (Harper Collins ISBN: 9780060882969)  

Recommended text: The Golden Shovel Anthology ed. by Kahn, Shankar, Smith.  

Registration dates: 

August 7: Scholarship Donation Day

August 8: Member registration opens at 10:30 am

August 15: General registration opens at 10:30 am

August 21: Last day of Early Bird pricing

Melanie Figg

Melanie Figg


Melanie Figg is a poet and essayist, currently working on a hybrid memoir. Her award-winning poetry collection, Trace, was named one of the year’s "Best Indie Books" by Kirkus Reviews. She's received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, and others, and has had work published in dozens of literary journals, including The Iowa Review, Nimrod, The Rumpus, Hippocampus, and the American Journal of Poetry. As a certified professional coach, Melanie offers women’s writing retreats and works remotely with writers on their manuscripts as well as their creative process.