The George Washington University is now accepting applications for its Jenny McKean Moore Free Community Workshop. The Fall 2009 Poetry Workshop will be led by Ed Skoog.
The JMM Workshop is a free, semester-long program. Unfortunately, the English Department has no information posted on its web site about this opportunity, so the info below is from the flyer I received in the mail.
To apply, you do not need academic qualifications or publications. The class will include some readings, writing exercises, and inducements to revise, but will mainly be a roundtable critique of work submitted by class members. There are no fees to participate in the class, but you will be responsible for making enough copies of your poems for all fifteen participants. Students at Consortium schools (including GWU) are not eligible. The Workshop is not open to those who have participated in more than one Jenny McKean Moore Free Community Workshop.
To apply, submit a letter of interest and a 5-10 page sample of your writing. Include your name, address, home and work telephone numbers, and email address. Applications must be received by Monday, August 31, 2009, at the following address.
JMM Poetry Workshop
Department of English
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street, NW (Suite 760)
Washington, DC 20052
Ed Skoog is the JMM Writer in Washington for 2009-2010. His debut collection of poems, Mister Skylight, will be published this fall by Copper Canyon Press. His poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, and The Paris Review.
I had the opportunity to participate in previous JMM poetry workshops with Rick Barot and Dana Roeser and can attest to the value of the experience. The workshops are weekly and were held on the GWU campus, convenient to the Metro in Washington, DC.