Upcoming Virtual Classes

LLA is pleased to offer the following types of virtual classes: 

  • Seminars are lecture-style presentations. 

  • Workshops are interactive, offer small class sizes, and are generative in nature. Choose the class that bests fits your writing needs.


All levels of writers are welcome. Prices are as marked. Limited scholarships offered first-come, per program.

Learn more about each instructor by clicking on their names.


Finding a Voice:

Writing Persona Poems

Saturday, April 17, 2021

10 AM-12 PM (Eastern Time)


In this class, we will dive into persona poems (poems that take on the voice of a character) by brainstorming ideas for subjects and characters, exploring online resources, and planning/drafting new poems. We will read some of Kim Addonizio’s craft advice in Ordinary Genius and look “behind the curtain” at the instructor’s process for writing persona poems. We will work together and in small groups to sift through online resources readily at our fingertips, envision characters, and bring their stories to life. You will leave class with a list of sources ranging from sermons and ballads to photos and artifacts, and with a start on what could become a series, or entire book, of new poems.

Led by Tina Parker



The Letter Is Not Dead:

Writing Epistolary Poems

Saturday, April 24, 2021

1 AP-3 PM (Eastern Time)


Though most poetry is written with a “general” reader in mind, there’s a magic that comes when we direct our attention toward a more specific audience, a particular someone in our mind. We share more secrets, ask more questions, and have more intimate conversations with both ourselves and our readers. In this session, we’ll explore the epistle and apostrophe, looking at work by poets such as Amy Gerstler, Marcus Wicker, Steve Scafidi, Natalie Diaz, and Ada Limon. We’ll use their work as models to spark our own creativity, and participants will produce first drafts of two to three poems in this generative session.

Led by Britton Shurley


Prices are as marked

LLA members receive a 25% discount on registrations, unless otherwise indicated.

Video playback will be available to all who register.

If you cannot make the live event, register and receive a link to the recorded webinar. Interactive workshops will be recorded, but recording links will only be available to pre-registered participants.

Webinar recordings cannot be discounted unless members purchase registration BEFORE the event.

Scholarships available on limited basis. To see our cancellation policy click here.

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