Poetry Revision Workshop

Workshop Using Recipes for Revising Your Half-Baked Poems

We’ve all got poems stashed away that just don’t seem fully realized. This workshop will provide at least a dozen different “recipes” for reworking, reimagining, revamping those poems. Let’s experiment together with these recipes and see what we can cook up and share with one another in a relaxed and supportive way.


Tuesdays October 12, 19 & 26, 1:00 to 2:00 PM EST, on Zoom. $25 (hardship sponsorships are available). Limited to 15 participants. Please reserve your seat here.

Meet the teaching artist: Marion Starling Boyer is the author of four poetry collections, her most recent The Sea Was Never Far (Main Street Rag). A professor emeritus, Boyer has led workshops for Lit Cleveland, Lit Youngstown, Kalamazoo Poetry Fest, and Wisconsin’s Washington Island Literary Conference. She lives in Twinsburg, Ohio.


Haiku Workshop

In this seven-week workshop, participants will learn more about reading and writing haiku in many forms.


Adults and teens, Sundays October 17 & 24, November 7, 14 & 21, December 5 & 12, 6:00 to 7:30 PM, at Mocha House-Warren. Course registration is $25 (hardship sponsorships are available). Please reserve your seat here.

Meet the teaching artist: Joshua Gage is an ornery curmudgeon from Cleveland, Ohio. His newest chapbook, Origami Lilies, is available on Poet's Haven Press. He is a graduate of the Low Residency Creative Writing MFA at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. He has a penchant for Pendleton shirts, Ethiopian coffee, and any poem intoxicating enough to yank the breath out of his lungs.


Haiku Workshop

Lit Youngstown is offering a monthly, in-depth poetry writing workshop from January to September, 2022. Each participant will set their own goals for writing, publishing and participating in other opportunities in the literary community. Workshop leaders will offer a variety of topics and influences.


The workshops will meet from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month, in Lit Youngstown's office at St. John's Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave. The course cost is $200 per participant; the course will run when we reach a minimum of ten participants.


We will continue to build the schedule. Register here to save a seat. FAQ below the schedule.




January 8

10-12 Morning topic: contemporary poetry books

1-4 Guest Workshop Leader Robert Miltner & Molly Fuller


February 10

10-12 Morning topic: poetry-writing craft books

1-4 Guest Workshop Leader


March 12

10-12 Morning topic: journals, submissions

1-4 Guest Workshop Leader Steve Reese, on abstract vs. concrete in poetic language


April 9

10-12 Morning topic: chapbooks

1-4 Guest Workshop Leader Marion Boyer, on revision


May 14

10-12 Morning topic: full-length books

1-4 Guest Workshop Leader Barbara Sabol, on beginnings and endings


June 11

10-12 Morning topic: residencies, contests, retreats, conferences

1-4 Guest Workshop Leader Allison Pitinii Davis, on linebreaks


July 9

10-12 Morning topic: creating a workshop group

1-4 Guest Workshop Leader


August 13

10-12 Morning topic: performance reading

1-4 Guest Workshop Leader


September 10

10-12 Morning topic: trade magazines

1-4 Guest Workshop Leader




Q: I am unable to attend all of the sessions. Can I still register? Is it ok to only pay for the sessions I will attend?

A: Your registration fee is for the seat. We hope you will attend as many sessions as possible, but we will need your whole registration fee to run the program.


Q: Why so expensive? Most of Lit Youngstown’s programming is free or very affordable.

A: The community survey indicated that many local writers would like programming that offers depth, continuity and access to experienced writers. This program will be more expensive to run. We will offer you a payment plan option if that would be helpful. This registration fee is high for Lit Youngstown, but still very low for a typical workshop of this length and quality.


Q: Will there be sponsorships?

A: Once we know the program will have enough participants to run, we will offer a few need-based scholarship applications.


Q: What is the time commitment outside the workshop?

A: The commitment is to write one new poem per month. There will be optional opportunities for additional reading and research, depending on your time and interest.


Q: Is this only for experienced poets?

A: No. We are looking for participants of any experience level who will approach this workshop with commitment. We believe we are developing a forum that will allow everyone to receive high quality feedback on their work.


Q: Will you offer this next year?

A: No; if this year’s intensive is successful, we’ll rotate genres and return to poetry in a few years.

Poetry Intensives 2022

Have a class or workshop idea?

We pay $250 for a 5-6 week workshop or $150 for a half day “short.” Our participants vary, from emerging to experienced writers, teens to retired adults working in a variety of genres. We are seeking workshops on general and specific themes, open to all genres or genre-specific.

Please submit your workshop proposal here. If your idea doesn’t fit the form, use the “Anything else we need to know” box to share your thoughts.