As a fundraiser and celebration of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival's 10th year, we are holding special 10th anniversary workshops. These workshops are ticketed sessions that are not included in festival button prices. Proceeds directly support the production of the 2018 Massachusetts Poetry Festival.




WRITING & REVISING FOR PUBLICATION with Jeffrey Levine has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Master Class

with Lloyd Schwartz

Sunday, May 6, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Old Town Hall, Salem MA
Limited to 10 students—secure your spot soon!
$50 - Register now.

This workshop will focus on form. Please bring a poem of yours either in a traditional form or in a new and experimental version of a traditional form. Also bring along a poem by another poet in that form. You might enjoy looking at Elizabeth Bishop’s “Sonnet” (the one beginning “Caught, the bubble”) or her villanelle “One Art” to see how a great poet responds to and changes a familiar form. If there’s time, we might try writing a poem in a different form from the one you first brought.

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Lloyd Schwartz is Frederick S. Troy Professor of English and teaches Creative Writing in the MFA program at UMass Boston. His latest volume of poetry is Little Kisses (University of Chicago Press, 2017). The longtime Classical Music Editor of the Boston Phoenix, for which he was awarded the 1994 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism, and classical music critic for NPR's Fresh Air, he's now also Contributing Arts Critic for WBUR's the ARTery  and Senior Editor of Classical Music for the web-journal New York Arts. His poems have been selected for The Best American Poetry and The Best of the Best American Poetry, and his Fresh Air reviews are collected in the book Music Inand Onthe Air.  An acclaimed expert on Elizabeth Bishop, he has edited three books by or about her, including the Library of America’s Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose & Letters. His other honors include an NEA grant in poetry and a Pushcart Prize and three ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards for his writing about music. 

WRITING OUT OF GRIEF AND LOSS - This class is full!
with Gail Mazur

Sunday, May 6, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Hawthorne Hotel, Salem MA
Limited to 10 students—secure your spot soon!
$35 - Register now!

In this workshop, we will look at how poets have made strong poems dealing with grief. I’d like participants to each bring a poem they’ve been struggling with for discussion. We’ll talk about ways to make art, beyond the cry of pain, from the subject. Please bring 16 copies of your poem.

Photo: Morgan Lacasse

Photo: Morgan Lacasse

Gail Mazur is author of seven books of poems, including Forbidden City, Figures in a LandscapeZeppo’s First Wife, winner of the Massachusetts book Prize and finalist for the LA Times Book Prize; and They Can’t Take That Away from Me, finalist for the National Book Award. She is founder and for nearly 30 years was director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge and was the Distinguished Writer in Residence in the MFA Program of Emerson College. She is on the faculty of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and has served for years on its Writing Committee; she also teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at BU.