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POETRY INTENSIVE with Deborah Keenan

August 10, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until August 11, 2021

For intermediate and advanced writers who want to delve deeper into poetry

A Poetry Intensive with Deborah Keenan

During this day-long plus intensive, we will read a wide range of poetry, consider our lyric and narrative voices, think about how we want to use white space, and various structures for our work. We will think about the poems we must write, the poems we want to write, and the reasons we create. Seven hours of handouts, poems to ponder, enjoy, puzzzle over, and write from. We’ll do some quick, intense first draft work (bring your work notebooks!) and take brief breaks throughout the day in honor of the beautiful natural world around us. We’ll have visual art to challenge and inspire or image-making, share lunch together, and have moments of solitude in which to think and write. We’ll end the day with brief readings of our drafts and have a conversation about present and future goals for your poetry.

On Wednesday, Deborah will meet with each student for a private 20 minute work session. We will focus on drafts created Tuesday; talk about small and large questions you have about poetry; or, if you prefer, you can bring two recent poems for editing and advice.


This program will be held in person and is limited to 12 participants to create an intimate and meaningful experience. Tuition for this intensive is $280, which includes lunch and one-on-one consultations. Write On members receive a 10% discount. To become a member and save, please click here. To register online for this program, please click the button below. For other registration options, please call 920.868.1457.

Deborah Keenan is the author of ten collections of poetry and a book of writing ideas, from tiger to prayer. She received the Minnesota Book Award for her collection Willow Room, Green Door: New and Selected Poems. She taught for thirty years in the MFA program at Hamline University and for forty years at the Loft Literary Center. She has received two Bush Foundation Fellowships, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a McKnight Artist Fellowship, and other grants. She lives at the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers in beautiful St. Paul, Minnesota.


August 10, 2021
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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