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Poetry Forms: Why and How Workshop with William Duke

Updated: Mar 30

Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents Poetry Forms: Why and How Workshop with William Duke, a three-hour intensive class held online Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 1 to 4 p.m. Once they register and pay, participants will be given instructions on how to join the class.

This workshop is an opportunity to learn about and review the major forms of poetry and includes a discussion of how forms came into being and why they continue to hold an important place in contemporary poetry. Syllabic forms: haiku, tanka, and cinquains are shown as well as the major metric forms: sonnets, villanelles and sestinas. Concrete poems and free verse are also discussed. The end of the workshop is collaborative writing exercise where the group writes its own villanelle.

William Duke is a poet, painter and yoga instructor, and hosts Spiritual Solutions on WIOX Radio. In the 1990s he was one of the founders of the Saturn Series, the longest running weekly open mic in NYC. He edited an anthology of divorcé poems, Split Verse: Poems to Heal the Heart, with Meg Campbell (Midmarch Arts Press 2000). Recent books of poetry include, A Little Blessing 2017 (, and Alphie the Angel's Little Alphabet Book 2020 ( ). William has been a featured reader at Word Thursdays at the Bright Hill Literary Press and Center of the Catskills as well as at Catskill Cabaradio at the Pine Hill Community Center and Live on WIOX Radio.

To register for this class, e-mail To register online, visit Class fee is $35. Registration deadline is November 28.

Writers in the Mountains is a 501 ( c ) (3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation and sharing of creative writing. For more information, visit

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