• Term: Fall 2023
  • Start Date: September 28, 2023
  • End Date: May 16, 2024
  • Day of Week: Thursday
  • Time: 7:10pm - 9:10pm PT
  • Level: Open to all levels
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: In Person
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $1510.00
  • Member Price: $1359.00

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Yearlong in Poetry

This yearlong poetry class will combine weekly readings of poetry and craft essays to develop the vocabulary to read and respond to each other's work. The class will mix workshop (in large and small groups), in-class exercises, weekly take-home prompts, and a discussion of contemporary poems and craft concerns. Our ultimate goal will be to set students up for future poetic endeavors, including developing a short collection of poems, discussing submitting work for publication, and creating a long-term writing practice.

Payment plans are available for this class. Please email to get a payment plan started.

Guest speakers: Three poet/editor guest speakers will be included.

No class dates: 11/23/2023, 12/21/2023, 12/28/2023, 1/4/2024

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



Who is this class best suited for? How much writing experience do I need to take this class?

No experience necessary, though serious interest is required 🙂

What will I learn over the course of this yearlong?

A survey of contemporary poetry, a look at history for poetics, an introduction to form, mixture of generative and workshop.

What's the balance of in-class generative writing, lecture, and workshop? (percentages ok)

50/50 generative/workshop… little lecture.

How much time outside of class will I need for this class each week?

A few hours to work on a weekly writing prompt.

How much feedback will I receive on my work, peer, or instructor?

Weekly peer and instructor feedback, one on one meeting with instructor, more extensive written comments at the end of class.

Who will we be reading?

We'll use a contemporary poetry anthology as well as a book of lectures that we'll discuss in week 1.

Bill Carty

Bill Carty


Bill Carty has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Artist Trust, and Hugo House. He is the author of Huge Cloudy (forthcoming, Octopus Books). His poems have appeared in the Boston Review, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, and other journals.