The Practice of Poetry | Newberry

The Practice of Poetry

Led by Beatriz Gartler. Eight sessions, 10 am - noon.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Saturdays, February 24 - April 14

10 am - noon

This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (January 9 at 10 am – January 26 at 4 pm): $250
Regular Registration Price (January 26 at 4 pm – first day of class): $275

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be on the wait list.

Excuse our dust!

Beginning January 2018 the Newberry will be undertaking renovation of much of the first floor. The Adult Education Seminars Program will still have use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Winter/Spring and Summer 2018 terms. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

Like any form of art, poetry requires practice. It needs curiosity, determination, a willingness to learn from others, and an open mind. In this workshop we will learn from published poets and each other. Writing is a solitary act but working with others helps us master the elements of language—to feel the line, the image, the metaphor, the play of sound. Eight sessions.

Beatriz Badikian-Gartler has been teaching writing and literature for over thirty years in the Chicago area and elsewhere. She’s the author of two poetry volumes, a novel, and numerous essays and reviews.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials for this class.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.