Local poet Arielle Greenberg will offer a one-day workshop titled Taking Your Poems to the Next Level: A Holistic Approach as part of the Belfast Poetry Festival. The workshop will take place Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon in the conference room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

Poets will be guided toward breakthroughs with Greenberg ‘s original “contract model” critique method, experimental writing exercises and insightful readings of their work. This intense workshop will be a safe, playful yet rigorous space to imagine new ways to approach poem-making. The workshop is for poets at any level of experience, but poets should feel eager for honest and serious critique.

Acceptance is by submission only. To apply, submit three to five recent poems pasted into one Word document of no longer than seven pages (so, a few short poems), along with a one-page letter describing where you are in your poetry and where you would like to go next, to Arielle Greenberg either by email at ariellecg@yahoo.com or by mail to 79 Cedar St., Belfast, ME 04915.

Acceptance will be based on perceived potential and willingness to grow and play. Submissions are due by Tuesday, Sept. 20, and poets will be notified about their acceptance by Sept. 30. The workshop will be limited to 6 to 10 students so that everyone gets some individual attention.

Cost for the workshop will be $25 via checks made payable to the Belfast Poetry Festival; those accepted will be given the address to send them to.

Poet and critic Greenberg is author of several volumes of poetry and co-editor of several poetry anthologies including “Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days.” She recently left her position as associate professor in the poetry program at Columbia College Chicago, where she taught graduate and undergraduate workshops, to move to Maine. She also has taught poetry workshops at the University of Minnesota, Syracuse University, the Stonecoast MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine and elsewhere. She hopes to soon begin offering small writing workshops and individual instruction in her home.

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