Poetry Teaching & Consulting
Sarah Rose offers poetry workshops, tutorials, and manuscript consultations to help you see your work in a new light, go deeper with your poems, and refine your voice and vision.
Drawing on her extensive experiences as an editor, judge for regional and national contests, educator and – most importantly – working poet, Sarah Rose loves to help poems and manuscripts achieve luminosity. Sarah Rose’s own work has won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, the James Wright Poetry Prize, the William Matthews Prize, and an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, and been a finalist or semi-finalist for the Ohioana Book Prize, Essay Press Book Prize, Brittingham and Pollak Prizes, New Issues Prize, and others. She has also been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Sewanee Conference, Vermont Studio Center, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Here are some ways Sarah Rose can support your poetry practice:
Fall Online Courses
THE ART OF FINDING POETRY
In her essay “The Art of Finding,” Linda Gregg states that the best poetry is “found rather than written.” This “finding” results from poets’ ability to receive the world around us, to discover the mystery and luminosity inherent in our lives. A poem’s clothing—its form, style, craft—is integral but should always allow the poem’s mystery and discovery, it’s “lifeblood,” to shine through. In this class, we will practice the art of finding by engaging with weekly prompts or “experiments.”
Online/Asynchronous: 8-Week Course
WRITING AMBITIOUS POEMS
How can poetry help us to process and respond to uncertainty? How might it teach us to grieve as well as heal? To counter isolation with connection? To generate energy and urgency around the crucial problems of our time? Poised, as so many of us are, between information-overload and a feeling of powerlessness in the face of injustice and strife, writing offers us the opportunity to tackle “the big stuff,” to transform our communities and ourselves through poetry’s magic. By the end of the class, students will have written and revised four new poems, expanded their identities as poets and people, and formed a community with other poets whose words aim to take on the world.
Online/Asynchronous: 4-Week Course
Investment: $650 ***Get 15% off before Sept. 19 with code FALL2022EARLY
WRITING THE LIVING WORLD
In this multi-genre course, you’ll explore the possibilities of engaging the living world through your writing. You’ll be invited to deepen your relationship with your place on this earth, and to discover how language and landscape entwine for you at this moment in history. This is a “self-paced” class, meaning that you can start it at any time and work through it on your own schedule (5 weeks recommended).
What you get: Each week of course material includes a written letter/lecture introducing ideas related to the week’s theme, a carefully curated selection of readings, and prompts for journaling and creative writing.
Recommended for anyone who wants to explore earth-relationship through writing.
Course access: $85.
Feedback Option*: $225
*Feedback Option registrants will receive written feedback from Sarah Rose on five weekly pieces of writing (1-3 pages each) during the course.
Writing Services & Support
You will receive in-depth and individualized feedback on your chapbook or full-length collection, including: feedback about structure and organization, suggestions about poems to add or cut, suggestions about titling, line edits on individual poems, if desired, and a 60-minute conversation or three-page feedback letter. Inquire by email about scheduling.
Chapbook (up to 45 pages of poetry or 60 pages of prose): $400
Full-length (up to 95 pages of poetry or 150 of prose): $650
WRITING MENTORSHIP & TUTORIALS
Similar to a low-res MFA supervisor arrangement, I offer ongoing poetry and writing tutorials based on the writer’s interests and goals. Tutorials include: personalized writing prompts, reading suggestions, feedback on packets of new poems, revision strategies, and guidance for deepening your relationship with poetry. Poets often start with a 3 or 6 month tutorial agreement. Inquire by email.
Standard Tutorial Package: $300/month
SINGLE POETRY FEEDBACK SESSION
Single, one-hour feedback session on your 5-10 page packet of poems. Packets are due to me by email at least 3 business days in advance of your session. Great for poets looking to get out of a rut, or preparing poems for journal submission or other applications. Inquire by email for scheduling.
What you get: Line edits & selective written comments on your work, a 60-minute phone or Zoom session to talk about your poems as well as general impressions and directions for your work going forward.
Single session: $200
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“The best part of working with Sarah Rose was her genuine enthusiasm for the success of my poems–enthusiasm coupled with an extensive knowledge of poetry and craft. I felt she brought the same care, thoughtfulness, and precision to helping me revise my own poems as she would to her own work. Her feedback has depth and heart.”
“Sarah Rose was instrumental in helping me re-define and refresh my efforts in writing poetry. Her keen critique and in-depth feedback encouraged me to take my work to the next level, resulting in the publication of several individual poems, and ultimately to the publication of my debut poetry chapbook. With Sarah Rose’s guidance, I felt motivated to write into the art of finding poetry everywhere!”
“Sarah Rose possesses a keen eye for detail and offers expert advice on how to improve poems. But best of all, she doesn’t merely suggest, she inspires, and helps writers to see their work in new ways. She sets them on a path to finding exactly what the poem or manuscript needs.”
“Sarah is one of the best poetry teachers I have worked with. She takes time to find out the creative concerns of each and every one of her students, and tailor her feedback for them accordingly. As an artist who moves between forms, Sarah is also extremely attentive to how her students can broaden their intellectual and artistic horizon. Her insightful feedback lead me to re-examine lines and stanzas that, in my mind, had already ossified, and thus, see each and every poem anew.”