Poet Study with Susan Niz


6-week Online Poetry Workshop — 20 students

Time & Date:
Thursdays, 6:00pm — 8:00pm
September 24th — October 29th


Member Price: $262.50*

A limited number of spots in each workshop are reserved for a special scholarship rate. Apply for a scholarship here. For more information on payment plans, please email emily@austinbatcave.org.

Develop your voice and style through Poet Study

Just as visual artists sit in a museum and sketch, imitating the line, color, form, or mood of a Van Gogh, so too can student poets emulate the work of master poets, one element at a time. In this class for all levels, we will look at the voice of one poet each week, reading closely and noticing their craft. Then, brainstorming many options for jumping-off points, we will draft new poems emulating one small spark (or big spark!) from their work. As we move week to week, your ears will become tuned to what poets accomplish in their work, as well as develop your own unique poetic voice. You will come away with an introduction to many new poets, an increased understanding of craft, and many new drafts.

*applies to The Novel Membership Level only

This class is open to writers at all levels. 

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About the Instructor:

Susan Niz’s first poetry chapbook is Beyond this Amniotic Dream (Beard Poetry, Minneapolis, 2016). Her second chapbook is Left-Handed Like a Lightning Whelk (Finishing Line Press, November 2019). Her chapbook Limestone in the Belly was a semi-finalist in the 2020 CutBank Chapbook Contest. Her short work has appeared in Wanderlust JournalThe Write Launch, Ponder Review, Chaleur MagazineTypishlyTipton Poetry Journal, Carnival Literary Magazine, Crack the SpineBlue Bonnet Review, Two Words For, Belleville Park Pages, Ginosko, Cezanne’s Carrot, Flashquake, Opium Magazine, and Summerset Review. She has been featured in live poetry shows in Minneapolis and Austin. Susan writes across genres. Her novel Kara, Lost (North Star Press, 2011) was a finalist for a Midwest Book Award (MIPA) for Literary Fiction. Susan has a Master’s Degree in Education. She lives in the Austin, Texas area with her family.

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