Private mentoring engagements last one month. At the start of all engagements, we meet in person or speak on the phone or video-conference to discuss your broad goals. From there, we tailor the experience according to the following levels:
Correspondence level: $400
• We will create a customized reading list to strengthen your craft
• You will submit up to ten poems at an interval of your choice (once per week, twice per month, or once per month)
• We will engage in three additional phone calls or Google Hangout sessions to discuss your reading, and your work
• I will provide written holistic critiques and line edits on all of your poems
Intensive level: $300
Same as above, but with up to 8 poems and 2 additional phone sessions
Refresher level: $200
Same as above, but with up to 5 poems, and 1 additional phone session
Book mentoring engagements last one month. At the start of all engagements, we meet in person or speak on the phone or video-conference to discuss your broad goals. From there, we tailor the experience according to the following levels:
I read up to 35 poems and help you select which ones to include, identify themes that emerge, coach and make suggestions regarding poem ordering, and assist you in polishing/revising your poems so that they are print-ready. I will help you see where there may be opportunities to write new poems to supplement those we choose in order to make your collection its most cohesive. For poems that need revision, I provide critiques and line edits. Finally, I offer guidance regarding potential publishing outlets.
Full-length book: $750
Same as above, up to 50 poems.
I founded and am executive director of Poetry Barn. I offer online and onsite workshops periodically. Please check the website for current offerings.
Writers in the Mountains
It’s Elemental: The Art of Revision in Poetry with Lissa Kiernan
November 4 – December 16
Water, fire, earth, air: Each of the four classical Greek elements has characteristics that can be applied as we revise our works-in-progress, engaging all the senses, balancing, strengthening, and distilling our work. Aristotle added a fifth element, aether, as the quintessence, “reasoning that whereas fire, earth, air, and water were earthly and corruptible . . . the stars cannot be made out of any of the four elements but must be made of a different, unchangeable, heavenly substance.”
For the length of this workshop, we’ll accept as our premise that the best poetry happens when all four elements implode to create a fifth, heavenly substance. Through this lens, we’ll experiment with a number of practical revision techniques, accompanied by craft philosophy extolled by reknowned teaching artists such as Stephen Dunn, Annie Finch, Ted Kooser, and Muriel Rukeyser, among others, and watch our works-in-progress mature to their fullest potential.
Saturdays, (six sessions)
11 am to 1 pm, The Poetry Barn, West Hurley, NY