Friday, November 6, 2009

Big Table Workshops

The Poetry Center of Chicago
Big Table Workshops
Spring Sessions now open
Register Today!

Classes begin January!

The Poetry Center is pleased to announce the Spring, 2010 Big Table Workshop Series. Beginning in January, these 8-week intensive workshops meet for 1.5 hours each week and feature Introductory, Advanced, and Master classes. Enrollment for Spring sessions is now open.

As many of you know, The Center has hosted a members-only writing program called, The Big Table Poetry Group. This special program has been a tremendous success and we recognize the need to provide a high-quality, competitively valued program that can help people gain concrete writing skills in a non-academic setting.

Not everyone has the time or ability to attend an MFA program. We hope to fill the bridge for those who want to take their writing skills to the next level, working with highly qualified, exceptional poets, but who maybe aren't ready or can't afford a full-time writing program.

Formerly our 1-day Master's workshop series with visiting poets were $75 for members and $95 for non-members - today, we're launching an entire 8-week workshop program for $350* - the per workshop cost is now just $43.75, nearly half the price of our former 1-day Masters' workshops.

The Big Table Workshops are competitively priced!

The 92nd Y in New York offers a 9-week workshop for $400
The Virginia G Piper Center for Writing at Arizona State offers
8-week workshops for $400 to $500

In looking forward, we are thoughtful about our origins and place in today's Poetry world. We were founded through the outreach and impact of both a literary magazine and a small but dedicated reading series. Both efforts were about bringing poetry to a larger audience. We firmly believe that the delivery of high-quality poetry workshops achieves the same goal. We want to encourage new generations of poets and poets of all ages to continue and further their own education.

Please sign up today and tell a friend. Workshops are open to the public. We urge you to sign up early, in the past our workshops have sold out quickly.

NOTE: Members receive a 10% discount and donors at the $1,000-level are welcome to register for one workshop at no cost.

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