Busting Out of the Rut: Ten Poems in Four Weeks

Feel like you’ve been writing a lot of versions of the same poem? Getting bored with the tone of your work? Ready to move onto the next thing? This is a first-draft workshop for writers interested in pushing the boundaries of their work and generating new material. By focusing on creativity and play, we’ll forget about that annoying voice that tells us what we’re writing isn’t good enough. Each week we will read contemporary poems, respond to them online, and use prompts and exercises to break out of our writing ruts. By the end of the workshop, you will have ten drafts of new poems to develop and revise, as well as an abundance of prompts to keep you writing for a long time afterwards.

Please note that this is an online workshop. Students will need to have Internet access. 

Angela Voras-Hills Wisconsin poet

Angela Voras-Hills' work has appeared in Kenyon Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Memorious, among other journals and anthologies, and she has received awards from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Key West Literary Seminars, and the Writer's Room of Boston. Read “On the Eve of the Death of the Patron Saint of Those Whose Lives are Lost to Something Science Can’t Explain.”

Ready to Visit?

Arts + Literature Laboratory is located in Madison’s Schenk-Atwood neighborhood at 2021 Winnebago Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53704.

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11am-3pm during exhibitions or by appointment. Please check the exhibitions calendar before planning your visit, as the gallery is closed between exhibitions and other schedule changes are posted here.


Sign Up For Our Newsletter

Stay up to date on upcoming programs and opportunities through our monthly newsletter.