Introductory Poetry Workshop | Newberry

Introductory Poetry Workshop

Led by C. Mitchell
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Four sessions, Thursdays, June 24 - July 15

3 - 4 pm (Central Time)


Newberry Adult Education Seminars will meet virtually via Zoom. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. If you have questions about online learning, please reach out to

Seminar Description

If you've ever thought “I don't understand poetry!" then this class is designed for you! We will have the chance to enjoy and discover various poems using the hypothesis that poetry can be a form of “capture.” Like photography, writing can capture something transient or elusive and convey it to a reader. In addition to reading poems that demonstrate this possibility, we will practice writing our own.

Four sessions. Registration – $120

C. Mitchell holds an MFA in poetry from Boston University and an MA in religion and literature from the University of Chicago, where she currently teaches writing.

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.

  • A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver. Harcourt Brace, 1994. ISBN: 978-0156724005

First Reading:

  • For the first session, please read the introduction from Mary Oliver's A Poetry Handbook.

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, May 19th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning May 12th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

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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.