Introduction to Poetry | Newberry

Introduction to Poetry

Led by Toby Altman .
Thursday, April 14, 2022
Five sessions. Thursdays, April 14-May 12.


Virtual (Full - Register for Waitlist on Learning Stream)

Newberry Adult Education Seminars will meet both virtually and in the building for the Winter/Spring term. 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. If you have questions about online learning, please reach out to Registration opens Wednesday, January 19th at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

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Seminar Description

This workshop is designed to get you thinking about new ways to write poetry. Over the course of the class, 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. There’ll be exercises and plenty of feedback to get you inspired and thinking about writing in new ways, including workshopping each other’s work..

Five sessions. Registration – $185/$165

Toby Altman is the author of two books of poetry, 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.

Materials List


  • Digital Course Packet.

First Reading:

  • Please read an excerpt from Jenny Xie’s Eye Level.

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

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

Please note: The Newberry uses Learning Stream for all Adult Education Seminar registrations. 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

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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.