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201 W. Mifflin Street
Madison, WI

Mar 2016

The Poet's toolbox / Angela Voras-Hills

Maybe you loved reading Robert Frost in middle school but haven’t had the opportunity to read much poetry since then? In this course, we’ll read contemporary, accessible poems and discuss the fundamental elements of poetry that make them effective—from sounds, line breaks, images, and language. Writers will participate in creative writing warm-up exercises with the option of sharing. We’ll talk about what makes a poem a poem and what separates the good from the bad. This is a great course for those new to poetry or artists of other genres or art forms who’d like to incorporate elements of poetry into their craft.

Class consists of instruction and writing exercises. 3 sessions, 1.5 hours each.

Instructor: Angela Voras-Hills earned her MFA at UMass-Boston and was a fellow at the Writers' Room of Boston. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review Online, Best New Poets, Memorious, & Hayden's Ferry Review, among other journals and anthologies. She has received awards from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and the Key West Literary Seminar. She is now the literary arts program co-director of Arts + Literature Laboratory.

Thursdays, Mar 17, 24, & 31 from 6:30-8:00pm

Hawthorne Library

Free with advance registration

For all ages

Maximum enrollment: 15

Registration for this class is open and remain open throughout the duration of the class

Each workshop is free with advance registration. We encourage you to attend all consecutive sessions with the instructor, but it is not mandatory. Registration will open one month before the first session. Once each class fills, there will be a short wait list. If you have any questions about signing up for classes, please contact volunteer workshop coordinator, Aaron Fai at

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.