Dara Wier, photo by Euphrazie Barrois
Dara Wier, photo by Euphrazie Barrois
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This workshop is currently full. You can still apply to be considered as an alternate.

workshop description

This workshop takes its spirit from folk tale, fairy tale, and writing in which animals rather than humans are stars. Animals (animal spirits; animals in folk tale; wild, captured, fictional, painted on cave walls, adopted as mascots, deified, glorified, massacred, categorized, lived with, protected, hunted, extinct, imagined, loved, emulated, transformed, mythological, iconic, religious, in natural history books, in children’s books, in zoos, in human habitats, in the wild, the zodiac, in words, in human imagination and experience) will be at the center of our writing.
We’ll write poetry or prose poetry on an important animal in one’s life; the magic of animal heroes, villains, and beloveds in fiction, fable, poetry, folk and fairy tale; and animal livelihood with environmental and ethical concern close by. Before we first meet, you’re invited to choose an animal spirit or animal companion to feature in your writing. We’ll look forward to reading a new poem or prose poem (or mix of word and image) of yours every day we meet. Suggested readings to come.


Apply via Submittable

•     This is a mixed levels workshop — it is open to writers of all levels, and requires no advance writing submission in the application. Please upload a cover letter (500 words or fewer) via Submittable that states your interest in this workshop and gives an overview of your writing background and prior workshop experience, if any.

•    The cost is $600. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, a deposit of $200 is required to register, with the balance due by September 30.

Financial Assistance is available to those who would not otherwise be able to attend—click here for guidelines and application.

about Dara Wier

Dara Wier has published thirteen books of poems; her latest, In the Still of the Night, was chosen by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the five best poetry books of 2017. Other recent books include You Good Thing (a readers choice selection of the Believer) and Reverse Rapture (a recipient of San Francisco State University’s Poetry Center Book Award). She has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. Recent poems can be found in Granta, Big Big Wednesday, Conduit, and in the New York Times Magazine‘s audio poetry feature where “In the Still of the Night” is read by actress and producer LaTanya Richardson Jackson.

Wier teaches in the MFA for Poets & Writers program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is editor and publisher of Factory Hollow Press, and publisher of jubilat, a literary journal in both print and digital. Her animals are MiMi and Maggie and many unnamed others.