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Poetry & Publishing

with Jeanine Walker

Genres: Poetry, The Writing Life


Intermediate, Advanced

6 Sessions

Start Date: July 10, 2024
End Date: August 14, 2024
Day of Week: Wednesday
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm PT
Capacity: 12 seats
General Price: $386.00

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“I've taught this class six times now, and every time, students who've never published poems find a new success in publishing and in establishing their own sustainable publishing practice. Several students who started publishing in this class have gone on to publish books and chapbooks. Students have been published in great, small journals as well as some of the top poetry journals in the country. The method I teach in this class works.” – Jeanine Walker, Hugo House instructor and author of The Two of Them Might Outlast Me (2022) 

Get your work out into the world in this generative poetry writing and publishing course. Over six weeks, you’ll learn how to research literary journals, choose the best publications for your poems, and create a sustainable tracking process for your submissions. As you familiarize yourself with journals you may want to submit to, you’ll also read and write in response to an array of contemporary poets—including Jericho Brown, Franny Choi, and Solmaz Sharif. Though this is not a workshop class, you will participate in a mock editorial committee designed to simulate the behind-the-scenes work of literary journals. Expect to leave this class with a new packet of poems, a strong cover letter, and having sent at least one poem to a promising literary journal.  

Perfect for poets with at least four poems they have written and want to publish in literary magazines and journals.  

This class includes:  

  • Craft Discussion: teachers and students explore essential elements of the craft. 
  • Feedback from peers and instructor.  
  • 1-2 hours of reading and/or writing outside of class. 

Students say… 

“This class was both extremely practical and confidence building for me as a writer. Jeanine is a fabulous instructor and I would take any class from her 😊" 

“I'm grateful to have an updated how-to for publishing since it's been a few years. I always thought of it as a tedious part of writing, but Jeanine helped frame it as a generative practice.” 

“Submitting my material to publications always seemed very daunting, and Jeanine helped break down the barriers to submitting for me. She made the act of submitting easy, and she was very transparent and open about her own methodologies and practices that she uses to keep track of publications, etc. Additionally, something that I need to get better at is writing when I don't feel like writing, and she did a really great job of making the idea of consistent writing very accessible. I was blown away by the organized structure of Jeanine's classes and the balance she struck between reading, writing, practical tips, peer discussion, etc. I am very thankful to Jeanine — she shared so much with us, and for the first time, I now have tangible goals to consistently write and to get my writing out there!” 

Registration Dates:

  • June 4: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT 
  • June 11: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT
  • June 18: Last day of Early Bird discount

This class is not eligible for a member discount. Learn more here »

Jeanine Walker

Jeanine Walker


Jeanine Walker is the author of The Two of Them Might Outlast Me (2022). She has received writing fellowships from Artist Trust, the Jack Straw Cultural Center, Wonju, UNESCO City of Literature, and Inprint. Her work has appeared in Bennington Review, New Ohio Review, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. A poet with a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Houston, Jeanine is a long-time poetry teacher and most recently taught English at Kangwon National University in Chuncheon, South Korea.

Describe your teaching style.

Positive, fun, and generous, I love to make my students feel welcome and let them know it's important to me that they're there.

Each class description includes a breakdown of what you can expect in terms of in-class activity, feedback, and homework (if any). 

Generative means you’ll be generating new writing, either in class or at home between classes.

Workshop means you’ll be sharing work to be read and critiqued by your instructor and classmates and that you will also be critiquing the work of your peers. 

Reading means you’ll be doing close reading of a work with an eye toward craft. 

Craft discussion means you’ll be looking at the tools writers use to do that thing they do so well and then trying it out yourself.

Class levels are designed for various stages of the writing journey. Simply self-select the level that sounds best for where you’re at. 

Introductory: This is your first creative writing workshop, first writing class since high school, or first foray into a new genre or form. You’re looking to try something new, kickstart your writing, and/or establish yourself in the fundamentals.

Intermediate: You have a strong understanding of writing fundamentals and are eager to deep dive into craft. You’re honing your writerly identity and voice through independent projects. In workshop, you look for constructive feedback and are ready to do writing and reading outside of class.

Advanced: You’ve written a significant body of work and have taken it through several stages of revision. You’re getting ready to publish or are in the early stage of publishing, and you’re interested in refining the skills that will take you to the next level in the literary industry.

All Levels: You are any of the above and are looking to play with new possibilities.

You’ll get your class information, including Zoom link if applicable, three days before the first day of class.

Write With Hugo House is our free monthly write-in program, operated in partnership with the Seattle Public Library. Two take place onsite at SPL locations, one takes place online. 

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Asynchronous classes are perfect for students that need flexibility!

During an asynchronous class, instructors release new lessons once per week. Students then have one week to complete that lesson and any accompanying coursework. You’ll learn as much as you would in a traditional class but with the flexibility to work at the best times for your schedule!

While there are no live sessions, asynchronous classes are still a lively and rigorous experience. Async classes are not static lessons but an adaptable and energetic community space. Be ready to work in a collaborative environment, giving and receiving feedback on your writing, participating in discussions, and growing your writing practice in a way that works best for you.

Asynchronous classes take place through the website Wet Ink. Students receive an invitation to the class and to set up a Wet Ink account on the start date of the class. Each week of the class, a new lesson will be available through the Wet Ink portal. Classes close two weeks after the end date, and students receive an email containing their content from the class when it closes.

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