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Yearlong in Poetry

with Bill Carty

Genres: Poetry

In Person

Open to all levels

30 Sessions

Start Date: September 28, 2023
End Date: May 16, 2024
Day of Week: Thursday
Time: 7:10pm - 9:10pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
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Member Price: $1359.00
General Price: $1510.00

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 education@hugohouse.org 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

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CLASS FAQS WITH INSTRUCTOR BILL CARTY

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

he/him

Bill Carty is the author of Huge Cloudy (Octopus Books, 2019), which was long-listed for The Believer Book Award, and We Sailed on the Lake, published by Bunny Presse/Fonograf Editions in 2023. He has received poetry fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Artist Trust, Hugo House, and Jack Straw Cultural Center. He was awarded the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America, and his poems have appeared in the jubilat, Best American Poetry, Denver Quarterly, Iterant, Paperbag, The Kenyon Review, 32 Poems, and other journals. Originally from Maine, Bill now lives in Seattle, where he is Senior Editor at Poetry Northwest. He teaches at Hugo House, the UW Robinson Center for Young Scholars, and Edmonds College.

Most classes are offered at a general and member tuition rates based on instruction hours, with Hugo House members receiving a 10% discount on classes fewer than six sessions.

Early bird discounts are available during the first two weeks of registration and apply to both general and member tuition rates.

To help provide financial accessibility to our class offerings, some classes each quarter are offered with a sliding-scale tuition model, allowing students to pay what they can for the class. For these classes, tuition increments starting at $5 and going up to 125% of the standard pricing will be listed on the page.

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Class sessions may be recorded if a session falls on a holiday, or if a student has access needs. Class recordings are not guaranteed.

We do not tolerate racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist, transphobic or any other oppressive behaviors, regardless of who commits them. Please check out our full community guidelines by clicking here. If an instance of community guidelines are violated and not resolved within the classroom, students may let us know by filling out the student incident report.

Classes may be cancelled if less than the minimum number of students are enrolled within ten days before the class start date. If Hugo House needs to cancel a class for any reason, students can choose between receiving a full credit toward future classes or full refund.

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