Master Class – Lyric Poetry/Poetic Prose

Taught by Kathleen Spivack

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Let your work be inspired by Paris, City of Light. Be a part of the flowering of poetry and poetic prose that is taking place world-wide.

We’ll write about immediate subjects as well as the world around us. Memory, culture, art, history, love, friendship, family, nature, the environment, the other: these are just a few of the factors that affect us. We’ll work on shaping your writing: art and technique; the conversation between words and silences. We’ll work on how to communicate your words, both on the page, and on the stage.

Kathleen will offer writing prompts designed to encourage you to write more deeply, more authentically than you ever thought you could.

If you already have a project you are working on you’re welcome to bring it.

About Kathleen

Kathleen Spivack has been a visiting professor of American Literature/Creative Writing (one semester annually) in France since 1990. She has held posts at the University of Paris VII-VIII, the University of Francoise Rabelais, Tours, the University of Versailles, and at the Ecole Superieure (Polytechnique). She was a Fulbright Senior Artist/Professor in Creative Writing in France (1993-95). Her poetry has been featured at festivals in France and in the U.S. She reads and performs in theatres and she also works with composers. Her song cycles and longer pieces have been performed worldwide.She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; Bunting Institute; two RadcliffeInstitute fellowships; Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities; the Fulbright Commission and others. A Discovery winner, she has held residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell, Ragdale, Karolyi, and the

American Academy in Rome. Some Recent prizes include: Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award 2010, the 2010 Erica Mumford Award, the 2010 Paumanok Award, Solas/Best Travel Writing Awards, and others.

Manuscript Submission

Send to as well as so that I can read them as soon as possible. No more than 5 pages. Times New Roman, font size 12.

  • Page 1. No more than two paragraphs, one page only!
    • What are your goals for your writing in general and what has been in the way?
    • What are you particularly interested in working on in this course?
  • Page 2. No more than four paragraphs (one page)!
    • A very brief summary of your writing experience.
    • Have you studied writing before, where and with whom?
    • A few sentences about where you are in life and what particular life experiences have contributed to your writing.
    • If you have published, provide some information about the publication(s). If you have not, it’s fine. Please do not worry about impressing me. My class is all about process and the journey.
  • Pages 3 to 5. Three pages of your writing each containing one complete poem or short poetic journal entry (you are not sure whether it is a poem or not) or short bit of poetic prose. One complete sample per page.
    • Pages 3 and 4 should contain work that you consider to be okay.
    • Page 5 should have a piece of writing that you are currently working on that is giving you problems. Please indicate what you think the problems are.
  • Most importantly, don’t obsess about what you send. You will be writing your very best with me no matter what your level. Don’t send me more than I have asked for. You are welcome to email me ( or telephone me (+1-617-926-1637 – by appointment) ahead of time to discuss if this course is right for you.
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