Writing Center

Workshops and Events for Students

Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. To register, click on the workshop below, look for the "Please register here" link under Additional Information, and fill out the form. You must be logged into the Amherst College web site to access the form. If we are offering a workshop you would like to attend but cannot due to the time/date, please contact the instructor or email the webmaster

Unless otherwise noted, all Writing Center workshops are held in the Writing Center seminar room, 101A Charles Pratt Hall.

Past workshops (from this year and previous) are listed here.

Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Winslow Homer's Summer Night, 1890, Museum d'Orsay

The Power of Place: A Poetry Writing Workshop

If William Carlos Williams is right, and a poem is a "machine made out of words," then this workshop will be like an introduction to the tools you'll need to build it. Through collaborative reading and writing exercises organized around the theme of "the power of place," we will explore how poetry works and what it can do, and, most important of all, how to write it. It doesn't matter if you've never written or even read a poem before; enthusiasm and openness are all you need to get started, and hopefully poetry will excite you enough that you'll keep returning to it even after our time together ends. Readings and writing prompts will be provided, but participants may bring a favorite poem by someone else to share with the group if they feel so moved. Led by David W. Pritchard, visiting poet.

This workshop is part of The Power of Place workshop series, sponsored by the Writing Center, the Common, and Circus.