Gathering of Poets

Workshop format: This supportive and stimulating workshop series is designed for poets of all levels. Each session focuses on a different aspect of the poet’s craft, from metaphor to image to line to stanza to meter.  Each workshop will begin with a discussion of that evening’s craft element, including an examination of how other poets have used it in their poems.

Students are then given a poetry prompt (which they are free to follow or not, as they wish) and write for 45 minutes to an hour. All genres of poetry are welcome, from free verse to performance poetry, from formal verse to light verse to experimental and exploratory poetry.

After a brief break, workshop participants have an opportunity to share their poems aloud. Since the poems are all in first draft, discussion focuses on giving only positive feedback, so that each poet is encouraged to discover the strength of their own voice. At the end of each class, Annie will summarize the session and provide some general constructive criticism and final thoughts on the evening's craft element.

The goal of these workshops is to provide participants with the time and space to develop their poetic craft, explore the poems they want to create and be part of a supportive literary community that welcomes their voices and inspirations.

Gathering of Poets is facilitated by poet Annie Finch, author of numerous books of poetry as well as poetry translation, anthologies and textbooks, popular writings on spirituality, and musical lyrics and opera libretti. Finch’s writings about poetry frequently focus on form, meter and rhythm and on women’s poetic traditions. She has taught widely, most recently at the University of Southern Maine where she served for nine years as Director of the Stonecoast MFA Program.


Enrollment is $300 for the eight-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