WRITERS' WORKSHOP PROGRAM: January 13-17, 2020

Billy Collins

Form and Content Revisited

Billy Collins, photo by Suzannah Gilman
Billy Collins, photo by Suzannah Gilman
  • January 13-17, 2020
  • Advanced, $600
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While the content of a poem, insofar as it has any, is an indication of the poem’s interest in the world—love,

nature, injustice etc.—the form of the poem, whether it be rhyme, stanza set-up, echoing imagery or any such pattern—

is the poem showing an interest in itself.  This workshop will be largely dedicated to making sure both of these

interests are visibly at work in the poems under discussion.


This class is now FULL. We have reserved two spots for workshop financial aid applicants. Apply for WFA (note that priority deadline has passed).

  • This is an advanced poetry workshop. Please submit a writing sample of three to five poems.
  • Please submit a cover letter 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.
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full.

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


Billy Collins is a two-term United States Poet Laureate, New York State Poet, and the author of twelve collections of poetry. Called “the most popular poet in America” by the New York Times, he 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.”

He 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 Fellow of the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College and a new member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His MasterClass in poetry is available online.