Craft Talk

Revising Your Poems Like Gardeners (& Not Police)

Natasha Oladokan

Perhaps you've been told: "Writing is revising." Well, it's true. Writing is revising—but what does "revising" mean exactly? Altering line breaks? Adding stanzas? Cutting stanzas? Throwing the whole poem in the Recycle Bin? Revising can be intimidating, but in this workshop, we will take a different approach from that exacting editor that lives in most of our brains. We will approach our poems as gardeners and not police, drawing from Rachel Zucker's method of "radical revision" and examining our own poems through lenses of re-visioning to explore new incarnations our poems might exist in.

Note: This craft talk is aimed toward intermediate and advanced writers that already have a number of poems to choose from, old or new, that they would like to radically revise.


Details: Revising Your Poems Like Gardeners (& Not Police) takes place Tuesday March 5 from 6:30-8:30pm remotely online via Zoom.

Prerequisite: None

Genre: Poetry

Level: Intermediate to advanced level

Format: Craft talk and interactive workshop with active work on revisions during the class.

Location: This class takes place remotely online via Zoom.

Size: Limited to 35 participants

Scholarships: Two scholarship spots are available for this class for writers in Northeast Ohio. Apply by December 11.

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the first class meeting to receive a full refund. Email

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
6:30 pm
8:30 PM
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Natasha Oladokan

Natasha Oladokun is a Black, queer poet and essayist from Virginia. Her work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, Academy of American Poets, Image, Harvard Review Online, Kenyon Review Online, Harper’s Bazaar, Catapult, and elsewhere.

This class takes place online via Zoom

Cleveland OH 44120

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