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Craft Classes & Writing Workshops

We offer three eight-week writing workshops in the fall (September-November) and another three eight-week writing workshops in the spring (January-March) with 6-12 students as well as shorter weekend intensives in April and June with 6-10 students. Generally, introductory fiction and poetry workshops are offered in the fall, advanced fiction and poetry workshops in the spring, with a rotating nonfiction workshop (theme and genre varies) offered in both terms.

Tuition for our full-length classes is $400, a fee we set intentionally so we can adequately compensate our instructors; we pay our instructors between $2000-3000 per course, depending on enrollment. Tuition for weekend intensives is $250 and instructors receive $600-1300 depending on enrollment. Financial aid is available for both our eight-week and intensive classes, including full scholarships. Click here for more details on financial aid.

If you have college teaching experience and some record of publication and would like to propose a class, contact us. For a list of our past classes, click here.

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Foundations of Writing Poetry

  • Pen & Pencil Club 1522 Latimer Street Philadelphia, PA, 19102 United States (map)

This 8-week class will meet Tuesdays from 9/10-10/29 6-9pm with a makeup date on 11/5
Location: Pen & Pencil Club upstairs, 1522 Latimer Street 
6-12 students; class will not run with less than 6 students
$400, financial aid available
To apply, send a paragraph about you and a writing sample of up to 5 pages to
Students must apply by 11:59pm August 19. If admitted, must pay by August 30 to reserve their spot

Ideal for students who are new to poetry to those who have not yet published a chapbook, this course will address the fundamentals of concrete vs. abstract language, many functions of the speaker, line as unit, and give a fundamental survey of different poetic forms in a rigorous, encouraging environment.

Cynthia Dewi Oka is the author of Salvage: Poems and Nomad of Salt and Hard Water. A three-time Pushcart Prize Nominee, her poetry has appeared widely online and in print.  She has been awarded the Fifth Wednesday Journal Editor’s Prize in Poetry, and scholarships from the Voices of Our Nations (VONA) and Vermont Studio Center. As a 2016 Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grantee, she partnered with Asian Arts Initiative to create Sanctuary: A Migrant Poetry Workshop for immigrant poets in Philadelphia, and in 2017, she received the Leeway Foundation Transformation Award. She has also served as a poet mentor for The Blueshift Journal’s Speakeasy Project. Originally born and raised in Bali, Indonesia, Cynthia is currently based in the Greater Philadelphia Area and pursuing her MFA as a Holden Fellow at Warren Wilson College.

Earlier Event: September 9
Foundations of Writing Fiction
Later Event: September 11
Foundations of Writing Criticism