Workshop Focus:

We’ll have conversations exploring what your writing is doing and what you hope it to be doing. We’ll all talk about how exploring alternative styles can up the ante in anyone’s work and why digging into places one finds closest to one’s poetic spirit can sustain one’s work. Love of poetry and belief that poetry has a good steady necessary place in the wide world will sustain adventure, curiosity, and attention to one another’s work. We’ll look at work you bring, work-in-progress, or new work. Hybrid forms which include poetry and prose are welcome. We hope to dial up everyone’s poetry receptors and make some discoveries along the way. There will be room to talk about how one puts a collection together, especially focusing on the chapbook and pamphlet forms currently enjoying a lively renaissance. I’ll supply us with a compilation of exciting new work by a variety of poetry in a variety of styles, and hope you’ll call to our attention poetry you’ve found essential and compelling.

Workshop Requirements:

Submission of five poems is required for consideration. Send as word attachment to [email protected]

The cost is $450.00. To reserve your space, click here.

Instructor Biography:

Dara Wier was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Recent books include herSelected Poems, from Wave Books, Remnants of Hannah, and Reverse Rapture (awarded the Poetry Center & American Poetry Archives Book Award). Her poems can be found in Pushcart, Best American Poetry, Norton, Soft Skull and various other anthologies, and in American Poetry Review, Conduit, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, jubilat, slope, Turnrow, New American Review, and Volt. A limited edition, (X In Fix), is in Rain Taxi’s Brainstorm series. The Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the American Poetry Review have supported her work. She’s a member of the poetry faculty and director of the MFA program for poets and writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and co-director of the Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts and Action. About Reverse Rapture, Stephen Rodefer writes “…a paratactic and sometime screened poetic narrative of thought, time, room, face, secrets, address, body, relations, religion, casual philosophy, the domestic, demons and the demotic, language and much else– in a steady unfolding of distanced but under your skin mind-forms.” With Guy Pettit and Emily Pettit, she edits and publishes chapbooks and broadsides for Factory Hollow Press.

About our Program

The Key West Literary Seminar Writers’ Workshop Program provides writers at all stages of development with various opportunities to explore the craft of writing. Each workshop has its own focus and eligibility requirements; each class is limited to between 8 and 12 participants. Workshops generally take place in the morning, and may include optional afternoon and evening activities, including manuscript consultations, informal talks, and open readings. The Workshop Program is distinct from the Seminar; you may attend either or both. A $50 discount is available for most workshops, when taken in combination with the Seminar.

Our Scholarship & Financial Aid Program provides financial assistance to writers, teachers, and librarians who would otherwise not be able to attend the Seminar or Writers’ Workshop Program. For information about where to stay in Key West, see our guide to discounted lodging. To stay informed about new workshops, scholarship opportunities, and other KWLS news, visit our online journal Littoral, sign up for our email list, or join us onFacebook or Twitter. If you have any questions, please please call us, toll-free, at 888-293-9291, or write us at [email protected].