Writing the City: Poetry Workshop | Newberry

Writing the City: Poetry Workshop

Saturday, September 17, 2016
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Saturdays, September 17 - November 19

1 - 3 pm

Led by Valerie Wallace

Seminar Description

This 10-week workshop will encourage the exploration of Chicago’s cultures, arts, history, and current events through city excursions (optional), in-class writing exercises, and assignments. Attention will be given to the craft of the poetic form and breaking out of old writing habits. We will also learn from published pieces by a diverse selection of Chicago poets. Our goals will be to establish a positive environment for generating work, learn from critical feedback, and participate in a supportive creative and observant community. Expect to leave the workshop with at least 10 new poems. Ten sessions.

Valerie Wallace holds an MFA in creative writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has taught workshops throughout Chicago. She is an editor with RHINO Poetry and the author of The Dictators’ Guide to Good Housekeeping.

Materials List


  • Any printed thesaurus.

First Reading:

  • None

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (by September 2): $270

Regular Price (after September 2): $297

Register Online Here

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