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Beginning Poetry Workshop

This course invites students to explore the most basic elements of writing poems.  We'll practice traditional poetic devices, such as rhythm, figurative language, diction, and syntax, at the same time that we explore basic practices for generating and revising creative work.  The class will consist of roughly 50% lecture / discussions and 50% workshop discussions of student writing.  Readings will include a mix of canonical and contemporary poetry and essays on elements of poetic craft.

Course Code

CRWR 10306


CRWR 30306




High School Students
UChicago Undergraduates
Visiting Undergraduates


Creative Writing

Class Day(s)

Mon Wed Fri

Class Start Time


Class End Time


Primary Instructor

Nathan Hoks


Session II

Start Date

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  • Eligibility: current high school sophomores and juniors, 14 years and older (unless clearly stated otherwise); current College undergraduate students; and visiting undergraduate students.
  • The Priority application deadline is February 2. Students who apply by the Priority application deadline will have their $50 application fee waived. Any applications received after the Priority deadline will be admitted using rolling admission and will require a $50 application fee. 
  • International students who will require a visa to attend, applications will be considered no later than April 2 in order to allow enough time to complete the visa application process.
  • Rolling admissions: courses fill quickly, so submit your complete application as soon as possible.

Additional Details

  • Enrollment limit is 12.
  • Orientation for high school students is July 7-8.

Cost & Aid

Tuition is $4,085 per course. (Full-time registration is two courses taken during the same session.)
Additional fees apply; housing and dining costs not included.

Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for high school students can be found here.
Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for undergraduates can be found here.