Extended Poems: Intermediate Poetry Workshop | Newberry

Extended Poems: Intermediate Poetry Workshop

Led by C. Mitchell
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Four sessions, Thursdays, July 29 - August 19

3 - 4 pm (Central Time)


Newberry Adult Education Seminars will meet virtually via Zoom. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. If you have questions about online learning, please reach out to seminars@newberry.org.

Seminar Description

What is the difference between a novel and a poem? When we think of work by Dickinson or Dickens, we might answer that poems are shorter or that novels are written in prose. But many powerful poetic works complicate such distinctions, and we will read three such examples in this course. We will also write our own extended verse to play with new possibilities.

Everyone is welcome in this course--there are no prerequisites! That said, the workshop component builds on a basic background in poetry and is designed for writers interested in a challenge.

Four sessions. Registration – $120

C. Mitchell holds an MFA in poetry from Boston University and an MA in religion and literature from the University of Chicago, where she currently teaches writing.

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.

  • Memorial by Alice Oswald. W.W. Norton, 2013. ISBN: 9780571274185

  • Be Holding by Ross Gay. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021. ISBN: 9780822966234

  • Voyager by Srikanth Reddy. University of California Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780520268852

First Reading:

  • There is no required reading for this seminar.

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, May 19th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning May 12th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at seminars@newberry.org.

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.