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Why There Are Words (WTAW Press) – January workshop by Michael Collins, DEADLINE: Dec. 30, 2016

wtawWTAW Press is currently offering a month-long poetry writing class in January for poets of all experience levels. There is a cost for the class, but if the $100 is prohibitive, they are offering a couple of scholarships if needed. For more information on the scholarship, email

The instructor is Michael Collins, who is the coordinator of Why There Are Words-NYC. His poems have received Pushcart Prize nominations and appeared in more than 60 journals and magazines, including Grist, Kenning Journal, Pank, and Smartish Pace. His first chapbook, How to Sing when People Cut off your Head and Leave it Floating in the Water, won the Exact Change Press Chapbook Contest in 2014. He is also the author of the chapbook Harbor Mandala and the full-length collection, Psalmandala. He lives in New York with his wife and son and teaches creative and expository writing at New York University.

Per the web site:

In the aftermath of the election and flurry of disturbing news that’s followed, many people are struggling to write. Thus, we offer this intensive generative course during the month of January for everyone who chose "Starting writing again" as their New Year's Resolution – and everyone else, too. The class will be priced at an all-time low of $100. Two scholarships will be made available for interested parties for whom this price is a barrier (email the address listed below).

Click here for more workshop information.

WTAW Press is a 501c(3) non-profit founded and directed by Peg Alford Pursell, building on the tradition of the Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series the premiere live venue for authors in the Bay Area since 2010. Pursell curates and hosts the WTAW reading series in the Bay Area and directs the series in its forthcoming in 2017 five other national locations: New York City, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Austin, and Portland.

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