University of Arizona Poetry Center- Creative Writing Courses

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Creative Writing at the Poetry Center

The Poetry Center offers noncredit courses in creative writing and literature studies on a year-round basis. This spring we’re offering seven writing workshops in poetry and prose. Full details are at our website, and you can register online here! To be placed on a wait list for a sold-out course, email Cybele Knowles at

The Poem Sequence with Tucson Poet Laureate Rebecca Seiferle

A poem sequence is a long poem that combines shorter pieces by relying on association, juxtaposition, and connection rather than theme or narrative to create an organic poetic whole. In this workshop, we’ll study the lyrical structure of poem sequences and create or revise a poem sequence of our own.

Animals in Poems: Reading and Writing Poems of Creatures Real and Imagined with Simmons Buntin

Is the animal poem about the animal or its creator? The wildness inside or the wilderness outside? We’ll explore these questions as we travel the literary habitats of animals, write poems of our own about animals and other creatures, and take a field trip to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Aligning Structure in Ecopoetics with Sherwin Bitsui

Through reading, discussion, and writing, we’ll consider how an attentive experience of place and space affects our sense of that place, and explore how that sense can be recreated in poetry.

Where I’m From: Mapping the Geography and Topography of Our Homelands with Lisa O’Neill

SOLD OUT. In this nonfiction workshop, we’ll become cartographers of our homelands: the varied places that have shaped and continue to shape us. We’ll read and discuss selections from nonfiction writers whose work centers on place, and do place-based writing of our own.

Reclaiming Women’s Writing with Annie Finch

Sign up to explore the deep roots and juicy traditions of women’s literature as a way to enrich your poetry and prose, as we discuss some of the most important themes and techniques of women’s writing down the millennia.

Rhythms of the Spirit with Annie Finch

Go deep within the experience of poetic rhythm. Drumming, dancing, movement, and sharing of poems will reawaken the profound fun of rhythmic language and help you to discover your own rhythmic voice.

Parent/Child Writing Summit with Mason Gates

In this special Mother’s Day edition of the Parent/Child Summit, parents/guardians and their children have the unique opportunity to connect and inspire one another by writing poetry together.

Watch this video of poet and Poetry Center creative writing instructor Simmons Buntin talking about what you can expect in his “Animals in Poems” writing workshop.

Scholarships for Poetry Center Courses

Did you know the Poetry Center offers need-based scholarships to help you pay for our courses? Three $75 awards are offered every spring, summer, and fall through the Mary Ann Campau/ Will Inman Scholarship program. Application is easy! The deadline to apply for a scholarship for spring courses is January 21. Go here for more information and to apply.

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