I offer poetry writing workshops near Boston from my home in North Cambridge, MA. These are small, intimate classes for readers and writers of poetry who want to take their writing to the next level. (7-10 students)
Students range from complete beginners to published poets with several books.
We’re a supportive group of writers who encourage one another to write our best work, grow as writers, enjoy the process, and share our work with others.
The small class size allows for much individualized attention. If you’re working on a poetry book project or are just beginning to write poems; if you’re wanting to get feedback on what you’ve already been doing or to try something new, this class will meet you where you are and encourage you to grow.
We look at both craft—what happens on the page– and process — how we arrive at that point of communication, insight, expression— and product and process support and enrich each other.
We consider poems not only as something that we make happen and control but also as an organic occurrence, something that we prepare the ground for so that our poems can emerge and surprise, teach, and delight, and help us engage fully more in the world.
Poetry Writing Workshops Boston FAQ
How The Class Works
The first part of class will include a short meditation, poetry writing prompt, and time to generate new work.
Students need not have any experience meditating, but often find that a short meditation helps them get quickly into a deeper writing voice.
Then we’ll look closely at a model text. Possible authors we’ll read include Rumi, Basho, Whitman, Dickinson, Hopkins, Rilke, Neruda, Mistral, Mary Oliver, Lucille Clifton, Joy Harjo, Ross Gay and many others.
Each week of my poetry writing workshops Boston, we explore some aspect of craft and of a writer’s work that we can learn from as writers. We learn to read poetry as writers of poetry, paying careful attention to techniques that poets use.
The second part of class will be devoted to more traditional workshopping of student work (written at home). Our conversation helps the poet understand how his or her poem is being read, what readers take from it, what they like, and also what they have questions about or suggest as edits.
We explore how form and content go together and give feedback to writers to improve their craft and also go deeper into their meaning and process.
Poets are able to ask for specific forms of feedback if they want. Later in the semester, poets bring revised work in for additional feedback if they want.
We also explore revision as part of the poetry writing process, and the ways to become more skillful in that re-vision and rewriting process.
For those who want it, I also offer advice about how to get poetry published.
Who Is The Class For?
Students often take the class for several semesters to deepen their work and be part of the ongoing community.
When and Where
TIME: Monday Mornings from 10-12:10. (Skipping holiday Mondays)
LOCATION: My house in North Cambridge. I’m an 8 minute walk from the Davis T Stop, a 2 minute walk from the Mass Ave Bus, and there is lots of on-street parking for people who drive and I have parking permits for people who drive.
What Is The Cost?
Nadia Colburn’s debut poetry collection The High Shelf was published in 2019. Her poetry and prose have been widely published in more than 80 publications including The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, LA Review of Books, Spirituality and Health, Harvard Review, Yale Review, Slate, and The Boston Globe Magazine. Nadia holds a PhD in English from Columbia, a BA from Harvard, is a certified kundalini yoga instructor and a serious student of Thich Nhat Hanh. She is a founding editor at Anchor, a spirituality and social justice magazine, and she’s the founder of Align Your Story, which offers holistic writing coaching and classes both in the Boston area and online and provides many free resources for writers. Nadia lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband and two children.
See more about my philosophy and what to look for in a writing class in this blog post: https://nadiacolburn.com/ten-important-things-to-look-for-in-a-writing-class
If you’re interested in improving your poetry writing, this poetry writing workshop in Boston comes HIGHLY recommended by my students!