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Instructor Info:Heather Madden
Term: 2013F
Meeting Info: Wednesday
09:00 AM - 11:50 AM Greenwich WRC

Course Description: In this workshop, class members will read and respond to the work of contemporary poets, complete weekly writing exercises and drafts of poems, and participate in peer workshops. Each workshop member will complete at least one critical analysis paper and develop a portfolio work that includes both a statement of poetic disposition and a poetry chapbook or broadside. This workshop is designed for Division I students and is suitable for writers who have had at least one college-level writing class in which peer critique was a significant element.

Required Materials*:

1) Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within, by Kim Addonizio
2) A notebook/journal designed for this course (see p. 23 of Ordinary Genius)
3) pen/pencil/writing implement of your choice
4) paper (loose leaf)

            * Bring these materials to each class meeting.


1)  developing your “everything” book –spot checked 2x in the semester
2)  weekly writing exercises (you must complete 7) and reading assignments
3)  memorizing a contemporary poem
4)  (1) explication of a published poem
5)  development of a portfolio of revised work, along with a reflective essay & critical introduction

Course Policies: please see attached syllabus

Request for Accommodations

Hampshire neither imposes accommodations on a student nor preempts his or her responsibility, as a an adult, to request appropriate accommodations and to make sure those needs are met. If you have a disability or condition for which you would like to request an accommodation, please contact Hampshire’s disabilities services coordinator, Joel Dansky, at 413.559.5423 or via email: so that you will have the appropriate documentation on file with the CASA office (this is required when you request an accommodation). Students must work in concert with CASA to specify, arrange, and follow through on accommodations. Should problems occur, students should alert the College in a timely fashion.

Additional Info:

Students are expected to spend at least six to eight hours a week of preparation and work outside of class time. This time includes reading, writing, responding to peers' work, and may include required attendance at or participation in writing-related events.