• Image of A Body of Work: Winter 2019
  • Image of A Body of Work: Winter 2019
  • Image of A Body of Work: Winter 2019
  • Image of A Body of Work: Winter 2019
  • Image of A Body of Work: Winter 2019


a path
this immersive online course offers committed writers a structure & process
to turn individual poems into a polished manuscript
worthy of other readers

a shape

for your body of work


collaboration & community

your willingness, raw talent, & work in progress
my 20+ years of reviewing, editing, consulting on manuscripts, and publishing poetry
a friendly online space in which to gather and provide support

let's work together to create a chapbook-length collection that you can take pride in, share, and use to make other things happen in your poetry life

2019 Course Dates:
January 25-March 29, 2019

LIVE workshop dates and times will be announced once I have filled the course, and can align schedules to time zones (as much as possible).

my part.
I’ll ask powerful questions, offer resources, share examples & help you find a form for your body of work.

we’ll identify your best poems, & those yet to be written, & consider how to assemble them into something that is greater than the sum of its parts.

I’ll provide weekly lessons & guidance on Fridays, including essays, exercises & clear instructions for how to move through the process of assembling a chapbook-length (10-30 pp.) manuscript.

I’ll read your work for what unifies it aesthetically, thematically, conceptually, or otherwise.

I’ll provide virtual meet-ups & private consultations & written feedback to support your work in progress.

this ten-week course runs only once-per year & is limited to 8 participants.

your part.
prepare to commit time to the lessons, exercises, readings, & deep revision process.
meet with me & with the group to discuss your work.
swap manuscripts with another poet in the course.

exclusive invitation to our online classroom, all coursework, live webinars, extensive written feedback on two drafts of your manuscript, and two private phone tutorials to discuss your project.

*If you are unsure about whether this is the right program for you, please get in touch. I'm happy to hop on a phone call to hear more about what you need and discuss whether or not this is the right program for you.

*If you prefer to make payments over time, just get in touch to arrange something that works with your budget. *If you would prefer to send a check, just email poetry forge (at) gmail (dot) com to let me know.

Read additional testimonials and find out more about this course, and the instructor, on Holly Wren Spaulding's website: https://www.hollywrenspaulding.com/a-body-of-work-poetry-manuscript-incubator-course/

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