This 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.


Note: This workshop is full. Please contact us if you wish to join the waitlist; do not make payment in the meantime. Winners of our named awards are guaranteed space in the workshop of their choice.

Admission to this workshop will be based on a writing sample: three poems. Please prepare your submission as a single file in .doc format and name the .doc “CollinsSub_YourName.doc”; you will upload the file when you register for the workshop. A $100 deposit (fully refundable) is required to register for any workshop. The full cost of the workshop is $450.

About Billy Collins

Billy Collins is a two-term United States Poet Laureate, New York State Poet, and the author of nine collections of poetry. He has been called “the most popular poet in America” by the New York Times; his most recent book, Horoscopes for the Dead, has been on the Poetry Foundation’s best sellers list since its publication in 2011, where it joins two other previous books, including The Trouble with Poetry, which has appeared on the list for the past five years.

Collins has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 1992 he was chosen by the New York Public Library to serve as a “Literary Lion.” With the Library of Congress, he established Poetry 180, a teaching aid for high school students founded on the belief that “poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race.”

Collins is a Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College (CUNY) and a Distinguished Fellow at the Winter Park Institute of Rollins College. He divides his time between New York and Winter Park, Florida.