“Poetry: The Original Travel Writing”
Advanced level, $550.00
January 11–15, 2016

Workshop Description

This advanced poetry workshop will promote the writing of poems that feature imaginative travel, that is, poems that can transport the reader from one place to another. We will examine and practice a variety of maneuvers that may be useful in advancing poems from simple beginnings to unexpected endings.

Exercises and model poems will be provided, but our focus will remain on the creative output of the participants. Did I mention that this will be pleasurable and even fun? It will.


•     The full cost of this four-day workshop is $550.00. There is no fee to apply; if you are accepted into the workshop, a $100 deposit will be required to hold your place, with full payment due by September 30. Financial assistance is available to those who would not otherwise be able to attend—guidelines and application details are available here.

•     Admission to the workshop will be based on a writing sample of three or four poems. Those who have taken a workshop with Collins before, here or elsewhere, are not eligible to apply.

•     To Apply, please prepare your submission as a single file (.pdf or .doc format preferred). Include your name and email address at the top right-hand corner of each page. File names should adhere to the format: “Lastname_Firstname.pdf.” Once your submission is ready, fill out our application below and attach your poems using our file uploader.

About Billy Collins

Billy Collins is a two-term United States Poet Laureate, New York State Poet, and the author of ten collections of poetry, including his latest, Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems.

Called “the most popular poet in America” by the New York Times, Collins has led an unflagging career as a poet and public figure, and has introduced countless readers around the world to new poets and poetry. With the Library of Congress, he established Poetry 180, a teaching aid for high school students founded on the belief that “high school is often the place where poetry goes to die.”

Collins has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and has won the Mark Twain Prize, the Bess Hokin Prize, the Frederick Bock Prize, the Oscar Blumenthal Prize, and the Levinson Prize—all awarded by Poetry magazine. In 1992 he was chosen by the New York Public Library to serve as a “Literary Lion.” His poems appear regularly in The Best American Poetry series, and he edited Bright Wings: An Anthology of Poems about Birds.

Collins is a Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College (CUNY).

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