Poetry Workshop
Instructor: Cynthia Zarin
July 14 - July 27


“A piece of paper and a pencil and one is ready,” said the great Italian poet, Eugenio Montale. Poetry is the most portable of arts. But how does a poem begin? How does it end? What shape does it make? A lyric? A story? In this workshop we will consider the relationship between poetic form and content by reading poems, writing poems, and revising poems. Prompts will include formal exercises, free writing assignments, and forays within Assisi. We’ll also discuss how to shape a collection of poems into a chapbook length manuscript. Each student will keep a notebook and write every day; the instructor will also have individual conferences with each student.


Cynthia Zarin is the author of five books of poetry, including “The Watercourse” (Knopf) winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry and “Orbit” (Knopf 2017), as well as five books for children and a book of essays, “An Enlarged Heart, A Personal History (Knopf). A long time contributor to The New Yorker, as well as to The New York Times, The Paris Review, and Little Star, her honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches at Yale and is a Resident Writer for the New York City based company, BalletCollective. Her work has appeared in “Best American Travel Writing,” “Best American Essays,” and is widely anthologized.