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Poetry Workshop

Poetry Workshop In-Person

Beginner and intermediate poets are invited to take part in a four-week poetry workshop on Thursdays in February at 6:30 pm led by David Dragone from Crosswinds Poetry.

Over the course of this four-week workshop, participants will learn:

  • Ways of moving an audience with your poem.
  • Effective ways to use rhyme, alliteration, metaphor, line enjambment, and other poetic techniques that will help improve your poems.
  • How and when to use the internet as you work on your poem. 
  • How to best avoid common poetic mistakes.
  • Techniques to use when reworking your poem drafts.
  • How to increase your chances of getting published.
  • How to prepare a poetry manuscript for submission.
  • How to find magazines and journals open to newer poets.

Between sessions, each participant has the option of receiving feedback via email on their in-progress poem drafts.

Following the workshop, participants will also have the opportunity to record an original poem they complete over the course of this program on the library's recording equipment to be used in our annual Dial-A-Poem event in April.

Registration is limited to 10 participants. Registration constitutes a commitment to attend all four sessions.

Free and open to adults.

About David Dragone

David Dragone is the Editor of Crosswinds Poetry Journal, a national journal of poetry now in its seventh year of publication. Crosswinds receives over 1,500 poems a year from around the country during its annual contest, which awards $2,000 in prizes. Crosswinds has also donated over $1,000 to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Dave’s poetry has appeared in Avocet, Bryant Literary Review, California Quarterly, Common Ground Review, Commonweal, Connecticut River Review, Main Street Rag, The Providence Journal, Rhode Island Public Radio, Trinity Repertory Theater, and elsewhere. Dave is the author of two collections of poetry, Temperaments, published in 2016, and Primal, forthcoming in 2022 from Main Street Rag. He is a member of The Academy of American Poets, The New England Poetry Club and Ocean State Poets. 

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Barrington Library.

Dates & Times:
6:30pm - 8:00pm, Thursday, February 2, 2023
6:30pm - 8:00pm, Thursday, February 9, 2023
6:30pm - 8:00pm, Thursday, February 16, 2023
6:30pm - 8:00pm, Thursday, February 23, 2023
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
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