Note from the Director: Sharon Olds was on our faculty in 2017. Our current faculty includes Stephen Dunn and TBA. Learn more about this year’s poetry workshops.
Advanced Poetry Writing with Sharon Olds
Poetry workshop in New Jersey
January 13-16, 2017
Led by Special Guest Sharon Olds
The poetry writing workshops are at the heart of the Winter Getaway. Experienced poets taking Advanced Poetry Writing are invited to work with Sharon Olds during one of their three feedback sessions.
In Sharon’s workshop, you will receive constructive feedback on a poem in progress (30 line maximum) or a new poem written to the day’s assignment. She will help you identify your poem’s virtues and offer suggestions to strengthen its weaknesses. Since you already know the basics, she will encourage you to push your boundaries by taking imaginative and linguistic risks so you can make breakthroughs in your poetry.
How it works
- There is a $100 surcharge for this session, which is limited to 10 participants. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to one intensive session with Sharon per person.
- Please note: The session with Sharon is not a one-on-one tutorial, but a group workshop with 10 participants.
During your two additional feedback sessions, you will work with other members of our talented faculty. Each has a unique and encouraging style, which will nurture your poetry in different ways.
Learn more about the Advanced Poetry Workshop.
“In the ten years I have been attending the Getaway, I have grown in both confidence and competence as a poet. This wouldn’t have happened without encouragement to take risks coupled with support. Thank you.”
~ Deborah, Egg Harbor City, NJ
Sharon Olds is the author of eleven volumes of poetry including Stag’s Leap (2012), which was named one of Oprah’s Favorite Reads and awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her numerous honors include the T.S. Eliot Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the San Francisco Poetry Center Award, the Lamont Poetry Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She teaches graduate poetry workshops at NYU as well as the writing workshop she helped found at a state hospital for the severely disabled. Often compared to “confessional” poets, she has been praised for the courage and extraordinary physicality of her work. Her most recent collection, Odes, was published in September 2016. You can watch this video of Sharon giving a reading or read a few of her poems.