Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown

2024 Summer Workshops

Ada Limón Poetry as Surrender August 7 to August 12, 2016 Tuition: $600 Workshop: 9AM-Noon Discipline: Poetry OPEN TO ALL On-site Housing Available


Often times, poems come more freely after we dislodge something inside of us. In this workshop, we’ll work on unblocking those stubborn parts of us that tamp down our natural voice. Using rigorous in-class writing exercises we’ll work together to produce new work and take brave poetic risks. With a deep appreciation for the mystery of poetry and a sense of freedom and play, we’ll study the intricacies of line, syntax, and voice in our own work.

C.D. Wright says, “It is a function of poetry to locate those zones inside us that would be free, and declare them so.” In this workshop we’ll try to free those caged parts of us and write the poems we are meant to be writing. Together, we’ll work on surrendering to the poem and listening to the voice underneath the voice. Remember, “Fear is only excitement without the breath.”


Ada Limón is the author of five books of poetry, including The Carrying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Her fourth book Bright Dead Things was named a finalist for the National Book Award, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency M.F.A program, and the online and summer programs for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.