Please note that registration for all Spring 2018 University of Arizona Poetry Center Classes and Workshops opens December 13, 2017 at 9:00am. Registration remains open for each class until it fills.

If the class that interests you does not appear below, it is because the class is fully enrolled. You may be added to a waitlist for the class by emailing the Becka Ranta, the Events Coordinator, at

For more details on the Classes & Workshops program and the classes this fall, please visit the Classes and Workshops Current Offerings page of the University of Arizona Poetry Center web site.

The Mary Ann Campau/Will Inman Scholarships program provides FOUR full, need-based scholarships to community members to defray full tuition for a course offered through the Poetry Center's Classes & Workshops program. This season (Spring 2018) scholarship value ranges from $60 for a single-session craft class to $196 for an 6-week workshop, according to recipient interest. 

Any community member with financial need is eligible to apply with the exception of Poetry Center employees, weekly volunteers, and interns. In the application, you need only attest to financial need: i.e., the inability to pay a course's tuition without financial strain.

Scholarships are awarded by lottery and may be applied to any course a recipient wishes. 
The scholarship must be used during the season for which it is awarded. 

Deadline for scholarships for Spring 2018 courses: December 6, 2017. All applicants will be notified by December 8, 2017.

Descriptions and dates of Spring 2018 course descriptions are available here:

Rewriting Our Family Stories

Class Meetings: Mondays and Wednesdays, November 27—December 13, 6:00pm-8:00pm, in the Poetry Center Conference Room 207.

We are all accumulations of the stories we tell ourselves and the stories we’ve been told. We inherit family histories in fragments, and while family members may agree on the elements of a story, we sometimes construct different meanings and personal narratives around them. In this course, we’ll explore what responsibility we as writers owe to established family narratives, and when (and how, and why) we should diverge from them. Over six weeks, we will generate and workshop our writing. We will read personal essays and memoir excerpts by writers who document, rewrite, and deconstruct their own family histories, such as Mary Karr, Cheryl Strayed, Jeannette Walls, Melissa Febos, Mason Stokes, and David Sedaris.

Instructor bio: 

Danielle Geller is a candidate in Creative Writing, Nonfiction at the University of Arizona. She is also the grateful recipient of a 2016 Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award. Her work has appeared in Brevity and Silk Road Review, and she has an essay forthcoming in This is the Place (Seal Press, 2017). She is working on a collection of essays about her mother.