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Workshop

  • WE Labs 235 East Broadway, 8th Floor Long Beach, CA, 90802 United States (map)

Tonight's Poetry Lab will be a good old fashioned workshop! Bring 10 copies of a poem and come prepared to discuss your work and the work of others. 

For more on workshops, read below.

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Everyone is welcome
$3

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WHAT IS A POETRY WORKSHOP?

A poetry workshop is a group of writers working together to read, critique, praise, and offer feedback on each other's writing. We do this one poem at a time. Everyone has an equal opportunity to have their work read and discussed by the group. 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A POETRY LAB WORKSHOP?

The Poetry Lab actively supports writers at all stages of their writing lives. At our workshop you can expect a friendly and enthusiastic atmosphere. The night is organized around these four goals: Celebrate, Recognize, Question, and Praise. You should expect to come away from a night at our workshop with a positive outlook on your work and motivation to take it to the next level. 

CRITIQUE IS NOT CRITICISM

This is a very important distinction in a poetry workshop. Critique is a detailed analysis and assessment of something. Criticism is the act of passing judgement based on the merits of something, usually based on bias or mistaken information. It is faultfinding for faultfinding's sake and it is NOT what we do in a poetry workshop. I repeat: a critical workshop is not a faultfinding mission. Our goals are to engage with the poem, to focus our energy on the craft of the work, and to move towards a more cohesive version of the poem that will better service the reader by being bringing the poet's vision to light. 

Don't forget to bring 10 copies of your poem!