drawing deep

a practice of poetry

Begins September 10. This workshop is now full.
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six months of poetry-making
open to all experience levels
starting on September 10

This workshop is full.

Thank you to everyone who joined!
Please join the studio letters to be notified of future workshops.

You’re invited to a journey into the heart of a more personal and inspired relationship with poetry. This six-month, online writing workshop is open to a small group of writers to ensure generous attention to your voice, plenty of time for questions and support, and a thoughtful connection to the writing process. If you've wanted a safe, compassionate space to get to know poetry or grow an existing love of poetry, I hope you'll consider joining us.

Drawing Deep will be a space to write and revise new poems. By the end of our time together, you’ll have at least a dozen new poems that are complete or deep into their journey toward completion—as well a sense of how those poems connect as a growing body of work.

This workshop is entirely online and open to all experience levels. Even if this is the first time you’ve had a steady practice of poetry, you’ll be welcomed. What matters most is open-hearted listening and a willingness to write, explore, and practice (i.e., try and try again!) with the poems that want to surface for you. I’ll help you seek them out and – image by image, line by line – meet your voice on the page.



Each writer will receive a copy of Far Villages, an anthology of craft essays and practices for writing poetry, edited by Abayomi Animashaun and published by Black Lawrence Press. I’m excited to have a piece in this anthology and will mail it to you when it’s released in early 2020.



what’s included

Six months of workshops and personal support to write new poems
September 2019 through February 2020
Live sessions on the second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 to 8:30 pm EST

Monthly Writing Session

Each month, I’ll lead us in a two-hour writing session, so you can generate new material and connect with your fellow poets. Sessions will be held virtually (on Zoom) on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm EST, starting September 10. They’ll be recorded for re-watching.

Readings & Exercises

Readings, resources, and additional prompts will broaden our sense of what poetry can do and introduce you to kindred spirits in the poetry world. These will focus on poetry as a creative act and poetry as craft—from growing our poetic attention to the nuts and bolts of writing strong poems.


In the first, third, and fifth months of Drawing Deep, you’ll be invited to share two poems (up to four pages) for a close reading and personalized response, from me to you. By the end of our time together, you’ll receive thoughtful, actionable feedback on six of the new poems you’ve created.

Private Workshop Forum

We’ll stay connected in a private community site throughout the workshop, which includes a forum for asking questions and supporting your fellow poets. I’ll be there with you to guide conversation, answer questions, and offer encouragement along the way.

This workshop is full.

Thank you to everyone who joined!
Please join the studio letters to be notified of future workshops.


the guiding curiosities

  • How can poetry shape our relationship to our voice? What spaces can the speaker in a poem hold, unearth, or even hide?

  • How can poetry bring us closer to our own obsessions and a sense of mystery? How do the images in our poems help us write into the unknown?

  • What stories live in the sound of our poems? How do we tune ourselves for a deeper connection to the sound, rhythm, and texture of our poems?

  • What does a line break have to do with the life of a poem? How does physical space give a poem a sense of place or a kind of body? What happens to our own poems, and the way we engage our voice, when we play with this space?

  • How do poems reveal and culminate? What can we transform between the first line and the last?


questions you might have

Are there live sessions?
Yes, a two-hour live writing session will be hosted virtually once per month. I’ll host these on Zoom, an easy-to-use meeting tool. The sessions will happen on the second Tuesday of each month, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm EST, during the six-month workshop (September 2019 through February 2020).

What if I can’t attend a live session?
They will be recorded so you can watch again or if you’re unable to join us. I do encourage folks to sign up only if they have confidence that they can be a part of the live sessions. It will be an important part of supporting each other as a group and getting some good energy for the process!

What will the feedback on my poems be like?
In the first, third, and fifth months of Drawing Deep, you can share two poems (up to a total of four pages each time) for a close reading and personalized response. This feedback is exchanged just between you and me and will focus on:

  • Strengths in the poem: Where are you making creative choices that resonate in some way?

  • Gifts in your writing style or voice: What do you seem to do naturally or intuitively as a poet that is adding depth, life, and personality to your work?

  • Opportunities to dig deeper: Where does this poem offer an image, a sound, or other element that might generate more writing or creative attention for you?

  • Opportunities to sharpen and tune: How does the form and shape of the poem support the story it wants to tell? Where are there opportunities to make different choices and turn up the poem’s heat (or get closer to its heart)?

Responses will be shared as generative and encouraging comments in Google Docs. I’ll suggest prompts to try, ask questions to spark new thinking, and in some cases, I may suggest a poet whose work could be a guide. My hope is to offer food for thought that inspires you to keep writing, experimenting, and getting closer to the heart of each poem. (If you’d like to learn more about what it’s like to work with me, here are testimonials from other writers.)

Are refunds available if my plans change?
Because this is the first time I’m offering Drawing Deep, I’m limiting the number of participants and want to ensure a committed group of writers is ready to begin the journey. Refunds will only be offered in the event that someone else is able to take your spot by the start of the workshop. I frequently have waiting lists for my workshops, but there’s no guarantee that there will be one for Drawing Deep or that a person will be waiting to take your spot. That said, please be sure you’re ready to join us when you register!

your guide for drawing deep


I'm Emily Stoddard, a writer with over 20 years of experience in making meaning with words. My writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Tupelo Quarterly, Radar, Ruminate, New Poetry from the Midwest, Pilgrimage, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, GravelManifest-Station, An Alphabet of Embers, Watershed Review, Menacing Hedge, and elsewhere. A craft essay on poetry as a practice is forthcoming in Far Villages: Welcome Essays for New & Beginning Poets (Black Lawrence Press, January 2020). Learn more about my background here.