June 15 – Saturday Poetry Workshop with Award-winning Poet, Derek Thomas Dew

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Date(s) - June 15, 2024
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Art House Studios


Poetry Workshops with Award-winning Poet Derek Thomas Dew

WHEN: Saturdays on June 15 & 22, July 6 & 13  ~ 1:00pm – 3:00pm ~ Each session is $20. Register for one or more. Choose the number you would like to attend when you register online at the Art House web site.

WHERE: Art House Studios School for Drawing & Painting, 66 Hanover St. Suite 202, Manchester, NH 03101

IMPORTANT NOTE:  you’ll have to text or call when you arrive to be let in. Front doors to the building are locked on weekends: (541) 510-1256. Email Derek with any questions: titaniumsvelt@yahoo.com


 This is a workshop centered around self-trust with regard to self-expression. In the mission to fine-tune our poems, special attention will be paid to the indeterminate, “weird” aspects of ourselves and our utterances that we might find untranslatable to readers.

Poetry is predicated on the risk of losing the reader, since it’s about saying the unsayable, and we’ll be seeking to make the poem more “itself”, as true to the phenomena which prompt it as possible. We’ll seek to perfect the risk by embracing the chasm between poet and reader. Participants will bring one poem per workshop which they wish to discuss and strengthen. Each poem will be read out loud by the author, and then again by another participant.

As a group you will dig into everything from the music and structure of the poem to the diction and tone, all the while keeping in mind the author’s intent, the goal being to bring the poem into the most effective form possible. Remember: every masterful, finished poem began as a rough, often confused first draft! No fear or judgement here; we are all lifelong students of this artform.

Unlike many other literature workshops, this one will welcome input, insight and feedback from the author of the poem being discussed, there will be no “code of silence” the author must maintain while their piece is being workshopped. Free and open discourse is encouraged.

About Derek: Derek’s debut poetry collection “Riddle Field”, received the 2019 Test Site Poetry Prize from the Black Mountain Institute/University of Nevada. Derek’s poems have appeared in a number of anthologies, and have been published in a variety of journals, including Interim, Twyckenham Notes, The Maynard, The Curator, Two Hawks Quarterly, Ocean State Review, and Cathexis Northwest Press.

Read more about Derek at www.derekthomasdew.com.