Poetry Manuscript Workshop May/ June 2024, Space limited to 8 people

Poetry Manuscript Workshop!

Teacher /Poetry Guide: Sandra Simonds

Cost: $850

This poetry manuscript workshop is for poets who have completed or who are close to finishing a chapbook or full-length work. The workshop is a safe space where you will receive constructive feedback on your book from both me and your peers. You will be required to read all student manuscripts and provide feedback. In addition to feedback from the members of the workshop, I will read and critique your book-in-progress by giving you line edits, detailed suggestions for ordering your manuscript, and other more personalized notes. You will have the opportunity to meet with me once individually during the course for up to two hours. Class is capped at eight students.  

8 Tuesdays:

May 7

May 14

May 21

May 28

June 4

June 11

June 18

June 25

6:30–8:30 p.m. EST

Workshop on Zoom


Email me with your enrollment questions at ssimonds23@gmail.com

Cancellation Policy:

Full refunds up until the first day of class. After the first day, you will receive a 50% refund.

Please contact Sandra Simonds with any questions: ssimonds23@gmail.com  


“As a longtime admirer of Sandra Simonds’s poems, I leapt at the chance to seek her feedback on my own manuscript. The experience was enormously helpful. She read my work carefully and sympathetically, and offered both line-edits and suggestions about how to organize the manuscript as a whole. We also spoke at length about presses where the book might find a home. It was only a matter of months after I received her guidance that I learned my book would be published. In addition to being a great poet, Sandra is an accomplished teacher. Regardless of your aesthetic, I’m confident that she can help bring your work to the next level”—Joshua Adams, author of Past Lives(JackLeg Press), forthcoming.

“Sandra’s insights–from the strategic ordering of poems to how to power-up individual poems themselves–were essential to helping me craft my last two poetry collections. I’m so grateful for her wisdom and vision”—Matthew Guenette, author of Vasectomania (University of Akron, 2017) and Doom Scroll (University of Akron, 2023).

Sandra Simonds took my poetry book and, somehow, brought both playfulness andprofessionalism to write a unique critique. Where I saw dissatisfaction, she found delight and where I saw finality, she found a deeper theme, a different word choice, another level of meaning. I followed her advice for clarity, for conciseness, even for chronology. And what she taught me through her brilliant critique was a new way to speak about my life.

–Jackie McManus, author of Related to Loon and the forthcoming Tell It to the Water.

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