Get Five Weeks of Motivation and Inspiration So You Can Make Real Progress On Your Poetry– With Support From Experts and a Vibrant Community of Writers

During this generative course, Emily Harstone and Ella Peary will give you prompts and encouragement to write a poem every day in April. They will also host lively conversations with prestigious poets and editors.

You'll also connect with other poets, and explore real-world paths to publication.

This course includes a full month of community writing events, guest lectures, inspiration, writing prompts, and so much more. 

Here’s some of what we’ll be giving you during the course:

  • A full month of poetry prompts and inspiration – so you can build a daily writing practice with support from instructors and peers.
  • Daily craft tips so you can grow your skill as a poet throughout the entire month.
  • Four guest speakers, including editors of prestigious literary journals and renowned poets actively publishing right now.
  • Four generative poetry workshops each week, so you can write and share your poetry in a live group setting. (All hosted online via Zoom.)
  • The opportunity to network with peers and share poems for feedback on the course platform.

The course includes a multitude of live events, so you can meet other poets, spend time writing and sharing your poetry, and building connections and friendships you can carry with you long after the course is complete

This is a unique chance to become part of a community of established and aspiring writers and make real progress on your writing, with guidance from acclaimed author Emily Harstone, and Ella Peary, a long-time editor at Authors Publish.

This course is for those who want to spend the month writing poetry surrounded by the energy of a strong community, while still getting many opportunities to share your work in a small group. This will allow you to benefit from the energy and activity of a large group, while also building meaningful connections with individual poets.

The workshop officially starts on Sunday, March 26th and concludes on Sunday, April 30th.  The workshop includes visits from established poets and editors, live generative poetry workshops, text-based discussion, craft tips, writing prompts, and so much more.

Please Note: The tuition for this course is significantly lower than most of our courses. Most of our workshops cost $575 for four weeks. This course is just $197 for five weeks of expert instruction. That's one more week than our normal courses and $378 less than the tuition for most of our courses. 

If you're interested in participating, you are encouraged to sign up right away. (Note, the early bird tuition is only available until March 20th.)

A Month of Inspiration, Motivation, and Poetry

Join us for a full month of community, expert guidance, and so much more.

  • Get daily writing prompts, motivation, and inspiration from a large and vibrant community of poets.

  • Get guidance on the publishing process of Emily Harstone, Ella Peary, and our four visiting poets and editors.

  • Participate in generative poetry workshops hosted by Ella Peary and Emily Harstone.

  • Join conversations with established poets and editors of prestigious literary journals.

  • Get full access to 30 live events at a wide variety of times, so you can participate in events that fit your schedule.

Generative Poetry Workshops

Learn from Ella Peary & Emily Harstone, Write Poetry, and Share it With the Community

At the core of this course are the generative poetry workshops, hosted live via Zoom. During these workshops, you’ll get optional writing prompts, dedicated time to write, and the chance to share your work with a small group of poets.

These workshops will be open to the full community of poets in the course – and will make extensive use of “breakout rooms” so that you can meet in a small group, to share your work, provide feedback, and make connections with other writers. 

There will be four generative workshops every week in April. See the calendar below for the full schedule. Note: We’ve scheduled these at a wide variety of times, so that you can find a time that works for your schedule.

Workshop Schedule

Five Weeks of Community, Literary Events, and Focused Writing

This five week course starts on Sunday, March 26th and ends on Sunday, April 30th.

The course is designed to be flexible. We've included a wide variety of meeting times, so you can attend at least one live meeting per week. (In addition to the text-based discussions via the course platform.)

To give you more flexibility, the lectures, guest speakers, Q&A sessions and editor discussions will be recorded and archived. This means you will be able to watch them on your own time, as well as ask follow-up questions via the discussion platform. 

This is in addition to the daily writing prompts posted on the website.

Participants will be able to seek support from the community at any point — via text-based discussion, optional live Zoom meetings, or via direct messages to the instructors on our course platform.

* Please note, the times listed below are in Eastern Time.

* Note, all times listed above are in Eastern Time.

Meet Your Instructors

This course is co-taught by a wonderful duo: Emily Harstone and Ella Peary. 

Emily and Ella will be there every day to answer your questions. They'll also be sharing daily writing prompts, craft tips, hosting generative writing workshops, and more.

Emily Harstone is the pen-name of the author of many popular books for writers, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript Submissions, The 2019 Guide to Manuscript Publishers, The Authors Publish Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Publishing, and Submit, Publish, Repeat.

Through these books, she has helped many writers connect with quality publishers for their books.

As a professional submissions adviser, she has helped many writers successfully place their work in literary journals.

Emily graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, then worked as a creative writing professor at Berkeley College in New York, as well as Seattle Pacific University.

She went on to become a co-founder of Authors Publish Magazine, where she regularly engages with the editors of literary journals.

Ella Peary is the pen name of an internationally published author and editor. After earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, she lived abroad in a monastery for five years where she served as an editor for Darshan Press and Inword Publishers.

She's edited writing published in The Huffington Post, and a number of full-length manuscripts she's edited have received major international awards, including The Best Graphic Novel of the Year (Comics Finlandia), The Montaigne Medal, and The National India Excellence Awards.

She's a columnist at Ruminate, and her writing is frequently translated for publication in Ananda, one of Europe's best-selling yoga magazines.

She is the long-time literary journal reviewer and editor at Authors Publish Magazine.

A Full Month of Motivation, Inspiration, Writing Prompts, and Generative Poetry Workshops

Join us for a month of community events, guest speakers, and more.

During this course, you'll get many opportunities to learn from established poets and editors, connect with fellow writers, and much more.

Keep reading to learn more about the  people you'll connect with during this course...

Eugenia Leigh, Acclaimed Poet and Editor

Eugenia Leigh is an established poet as well as the poetry editor of The Adroit Journal

Eugenia Leigh is a Korean American poet and the author of two collections of poetry, Bianca (Four Way Books, March 2023) and Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows (Four Way Books, 2014), winner of the Late Night Library's 2015 Debut-litzer Prize in Poetry selected by Arisa White, as well as a finalist for both the National Poetry Series and the Yale Series of Younger Poets. 

Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications including The Atlantic, The Nation, Guernica, Poetry, Ploughshares, Poetry Northwest, Tahoma Literary Review, The Massachusetts Review, Waxwing, the Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day, the Best New Poets anthology, and the Best of the Net anthology. Poems from Bianca were awarded Poetry magazine's 2021 Bess Hokin Prize and received Special Mention in the 2023 Pushcart Prize Anthology.

Eugenia currently serves as a Poetry Editor at The Adroit Journal and as the Valentines Editor at Honey Literary.

She will be visiting the class to discuss poetry, craft, publishing, and establishing a successful career as a poet.

Eugenia will be visiting the class April 14th at 1pm ET. The event will be recorded for those who can't make it. You will be welcome to submit your questions ahead of time as well.

Connect with Megan Kim, Editor of Frontier Journal

Join a discussion with the editor of an established literary journal.

Megan Kim is the editor of Frontier Poetry and is currently pursuing her MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work has appeared in Narrative Magazine, Ninth Letter, and The Adroit Journal, among others, and she has received support from the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop.

Megan will be visiting the class to discuss the process of publishing poetry, and her experience as an editor for an established literary journal.

Megan will be visiting the class April 24th at 8pm ET. The event will be recorded for those who can't make it. You will be welcome to submit your questions ahead of time as well. 

Nancy Pagh, Award Winning Poet

Join an established poet, professor, author, and educator for a discussion of poetry and publishing.

Nancy Pagh is a poet, performer, and educator living in Bellingham, WA.  She is the author of three collections of poetry (Once RemovedNo Sweeter Fat, and After), a textbook for creative writers (Write Moves: A Creative Writing Guide & Anthology), and one book of nonfiction (At Home Afloat).  She teaches in the Department of English at Western Washington University.

Nancy’s book, No Sweeter Fat was the winner of the Autumn House Press Poetry Contest. (The winner before her, Ada Limòn is the current U.S. Poet Laureate.)

Nancy will be visiting the class to discuss the craft of poetry and to answer your questions about writing and publishing.

Nancy will be visiting the class April 11th at 3pm ET. The event will be recorded for those who can't make it. You will be welcome to submit your questions ahead of time as well. 

Rebecca Irene, Poetry Editor of The Maine Review

Join a conversation with an editor at an established literary journal.

Rebecca Irene is the Poetry Editor at The Maine Review.  

Her work is forthcoming or published in Passengers JournalSpillwayRHINOPidgeonholesCarve MagazineJuked, The Atlanta Review, and elsewhere. She received a fellowship from the Norton Island Artist Program, and residencies from Sundress Academy for the Arts, and Hewnoaks. Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance selected her as a 2020 Monson Arts Fellow. She was awarded a 2023 Snowed-In Residency by The Kirkland Art Center & The Garret on the Green. 

Rebecca will be visiting the class to discuss the process of publishing poetry, and her experience as an editor for an established literary journal.

Rebecca will be visiting the class April 2nd at 2pm ET. The event will be recorded for those who can't make it. You will be welcome to submit your questions ahead of time as well. 

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Early Bird Tuition is Available Until March 20th.