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.

Poetry Derby FREE Workshops:​

  • Thursday, February 25, 2021 (6-8PM) 

        led by makalani bandele


Further Adventures in Poetry: Deforming & Inventing Poetic Form

Saturday, March 13, 2021

10 AM-12 PM (Eastern Time)


Poetic Form can be understood as the physical structure of the poem. That is, the length of lines, their meter, their system of rhymes, and repetition. In this sense, it is normally reserved for the type of poem where these features have been shaped into a pattern, especially a familiar pattern. For many poets, Form can be a critical method for the investigation of inspiration or a chosen theme or topic they want to write about. Form is often a great "way" into a poem when you are stuck, whether you stick with the form or not. The structure and constriction of form often work to produce the same effect as contractions bringing forth a complex idea out of its reluctance to emerge.  Most poets are familiar with the traditional forms like the sonnet, sestina, triolet, even the ghazal, and traditional approaches to writing in these forms. But what are some new forms and new approaches that contemporary poets are excavating to expand the usefulness of form? In this workshop, we will talk about deforming traditional forms and discover some newly invented forms like The Golden Shovel, Gigan, Duplex, The Fret, and The Unit. By the end of this workshop, you will have fresh insights into how form can invigorate and enhance your writing practice. As well, you will have new work in invented form(s) and ideas for how to invent your own poetic form.


Led by makalani bandele



Reflect & Restore Through Writing

Thursday, March 18, 2021

6-8 PM (Eastern Time)


The loss during the past year has been unfathomable. This writing workshop will be an opportunity to share feelings about our lives during the pandemic in a safe and supportive environment where we will connect through writing. We will look at poems by Ada Limón, Maggie Smith and Maya Angelou for inspiration and participants will be provided time to generate new writing. No prior writing experience required and beginners are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Led by Susan Buttenwieser



Ode to Joy

Saturday, March 20, 2021

1-3 PM (Eastern Time)


The news most days is bad, and our eyes are often drawn to disaster. But as writers we can’t forget there's beauty, bright moments of joy that, always, still exist. In this session, we’ll explore the work of poets like Lucille Clifton, Frank O’Hara, Dorianne Laux, Patrick Rosal, and Ross Gay, focusing on the ways they find beauty in unexpected places, balancing the “good” and “bad” news of life on the page. We’ll also spend time writing, allowing participants to leave this session with opening drafts of two to three poems which celebrate moments of joy.  

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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