Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance will offer a two-part advanced workshop in poetry at Rockland Public Library. The workshop will run Saturdays, June 30 and July 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library, 80 Union St.

“The focus will be on figuring out where your natural strengths and interests lie and learning how to turn off your inner censors and trust those strengths so that you can push toward a more liberated, heartfelt, profound approach to poem-making,” said the workshop’s instructor, Arielle Greenberg (Bywater) of Belfast.

Greenberg is a former associate professor in the MFA and undergraduate poetry program at Columbia College Chicago and current faculty in the University of Tampa’s low-residency MFA program. Twice featured in the “Best American Poetry” series, she is a MacDowell Colony fellow; the author of three nationally published poetry collections; and co-editor of several poetry anthologies. She also is a literary critic and scholar and regular columnist for the “American Poetry Review.”

This two-part workshop offers a playful yet rigorous space in which to imagine new approaches to poetry writing and to honing each participant’s distinct voice. The workshop is best for poets with some serious workshop and/or writing experience. It will delve into astute holistic assessment of participant’s poems, challenging assignments for making new work, and paradigm-shifting examples of contemporary poems for inspiration.

For more information on registration and available fellowships for the workshop, call 228-8263 or visit

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