This workshop is currently full. You can still apply to be considered as an alternate.

workshop description

THE ANIMAL CLUB—taking its spirit from folk tale, fairy tale, and writing in which animals rather than humans are stars. A workshop in which 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 are You Good Thing (a Believer’s readers choice) and Reverse Rapture (chosen as the San Francisco State Poetry Center’s book of the year). Her work has been awarded Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. She teaches in the MFA for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is editor and publisher of Factory Hollow Press, and publisher of jubilat, a literary magazine in print and digital. Her animals are MiMi and Maggie and many unnamed others.