“Hearing Voices: Crafting the Poetic Voice”
Intermediate level, $550.00
January 11–15, 2016

Workshop Description

“Find your voice,” the poet is told, as if it might be hiding under the bed, or on sale somewhere at the mall. But writer’s voices are not found—they are developed, constructed, shaped, refined. And who says you only get one? Why not develop a range of voices to address different moods, manners and materials? Crafting the poetic voice is the focus of this workshop, which will examine models ranging from Walt Whitman to Elizabeth Bishop to the haiku master Shiki, while retaining its primary focus on participants’ own creative work.


•     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.

•     Admission to the workshop will be based on a writing sample of three to five poems.

•     This workshop is now full. To Apply, please prepare your submission of three to five poems as a single file (.pdf or .doc format preferred). Include your name and e-mail 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 Campbell McGrath

Campbell McGrath is the author of nine books of poetry, including Spring Comes to Chicago, Florida Poems, Seven Notebooks, and most recently In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys (Ecco Press, 2012). He has received many of America’s major literary prizes for his work, including the Kingsley Tufts Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacArthur Fellowship, a USA Knight Fellowship, and a Witter-Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress. His poetry has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, the Atlantic and on the op-ed page of the New York Times, as well as in scores of literary reviews and quarterlies. Born in Chicago, he lives with his family in Miami Beach and teaches at Florida International University, where he is the Philip and Patricia Frost Professor of Creative Writing.