Gathering of Poets

Workshop format: This supportive and stimulating workshop series is designed for poets of all levels. Our sessions will center on aspects of the poet’s craft from image and metaphor to voice and line, stanza, rhythm, form, and meter, according to the desires and interests of the poets in the group. All genres of poetry are welcome, from free verse to performance poetry, from formal verse to light verse, experimental and exploratory poetry.

Each workshop will begin with a discussion of an aspect of poetic craft, including an examination of how other poets have used it in their poems. Our discussion will be followed by poetry prompts and exercises, time to write, and the opportunity to share your work for feedback from the group. Discussion focuses on giving only positive feedback, so that each poet is encouraged to explore new poetic skills and discover new aspects of their poetic voice. Suggested reading: A Poet's Craft by Annie Finch.

The goal of these workshops is to provide you with the time and space to develop your poetic craft, explore the poems you want to create, and be part of a supportive and welcoming literary community.

Gathering of Poets is facilitated by poet Annie Finch, author of numerous books of poetry as well as poetry anthologies, textbooks and translations, popular writings on spirituality, and musical lyrics and opera libretti. Annie’s writings about poetry frequently focus on form, meter and rhythm and on women’s poetic traditions. Annie holds degrees in English and Creative Writing from Yale University, the University of Houston and Stanford University. She has taught widely at universities, writing conferences and writer’s workshops and served for nine years as director of the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Southern Maine.


Enrollment is $300 for the six-week series. Limited to 16 participants.

For more information, contact:

Annie Finch
Maine Women Writers Collection
University of New England
Portland Campus
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103