Introduction to Poetry | Newberry

Introduction to Poetry

Led by Toby Altman.
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Four sessions. Wednesdays, November 3-December 1. Class will not meet on November 24.



For the Fall 2021 term, we’re offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. Registration opens on September 1st at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

Seminar Description

This workshop is designed to get you thinking about new ways to write poetry. Over the course of the seminar, we’ll encounter a range of methods for writing poems—some experimental, some traditional. And we’ll practice these processes ourselves, identifying what makes poems do what they do while acquiring tools for crafting our own imaginative works. Alongside exercises and plenty of feedback to get you inspired and thinking about writing in new ways, we’ll spend a good deal of time workshopping each other’s work.

Four sessions. Registration – $195

Toby Altman is the author of two books, Discipline Park (Wendy’s Subway, 2022) and Arcadia, Indiana (Plays Inverse, 2017). He holds a PhD in English from Northwestern University and an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He currently holds a 2021-22 Fellowship in Poetry from the NEA.

Materials List


  • Digital Course Packet.

First Reading:

  • Excerpts from Day Planner, by Sara Mumolo, distributed electronically before seminar begins.

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, September 1st . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning August 25th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: The Newberry is moving to a new registration system called Learning Stream. This will simplify the registration process for participants, instructors, and staff. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.