Reading and Writing through Ted Berrigan’s The Sonnets: A Poetry Workshop

Reading and Writing through Ted Berrigan’s The Sonnets:
A Poetry Workshop from May 11 to July 20, 2014
(Cyberspace and Toronto, ON)

In this workshop, we will study The Sonnets by Ted Berrigan; our engagement will generate conversation and strategies for the writing we enact.

To inquire about becoming a virtual or in-person student, please contact me at I will gladly send you a sample and answer any questions.


We spend one hour reading poems aloud and another hour writing. The writing portion takes the form of starting points & prompts drawn from the poems as well as those of my own design. Writing sessions are formalized into poems—participants gather works into mini-manuscripts for review and commentary in the final class or, in the case of virtual students, in one-on-one consultations with me.

All students may keep abreast of the material via weekly email summaries; these provide continuity and content regardless of whether attendance is possible to all meetings.

More Details on the Workshop:

Both in-person and virtual students have found that the workshop’s weekly engagement has generated poems, lead to revision of older work, given new understanding to poetics, and triggered the reworking of dusty manuscripts.

Attendance is in cyberspace (weekly write-ups, podcasts, and opportunities to listen in via video call) or, for Toronto poets, in my home near Chester Station. Meeting time for in-person attendance is 4 PM to 6 PM. No class June 8 through 22nd.

Required text:
The Sonnets, Ted Berrigan, Penguin Books
The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan, University of CA Press

History of the Workshop, Cost and How to Join:

I have been leading poetry workshops like this one for 15 years. The focus is poetics, transmission, absorption and enacting. Previous workshops have engaged the poetry of Creeley, Olson, Kyger, Spicer, Stein, Dickinson, Notley and Niedecker. An essay on the class is included in the anthology Poets on Teaching (University of Iowa, 2010).

Please write to me at to inquire about enrollment.

If you are in Toronto, please don’t delay—seats are limited.

Donations accepted.


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