Time & Materials

Robert Hass’ book Time and Materials is, according to Slate, “a book about hitting the cold water of late middle age, but the story it tells is not so much of decline as of reinvention.” Want to spend four weeks delving into Hass’ book and writing poems with a supportive, responsive and challenging community? Sign up for Mary Wilson’s poetry workshop today!

Summer workshops in poetry & fiction

Spend some time this summer expanding your writing– and reading, talking about the writing process, and getting feedback from other writers… (…we wish we could add “in a hammock, whilst drinking lemonade” but so far no one has lent us the use of his forest, so these classes will take place here— though feel free to bring your own Del’s.)

Open fiction workshop

July 10 – July 31, Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:00

Open poetry workshop

July 11 – August 1, Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:00

Our workshops are an opportunity for writers to receive real, sustained feedback on their work from a talented instructor and from a group of encouraging peers. Workshops are also a chance for writers to grow their work– their voice,  style, and confidence. All are welcome.

Spring courses!

The Writer’s Notebook
This workshop is open to writers of all genres as well as visual artists (everyone!) We will indulge in notebooks by other writers as we expand our own raw scribblings. Read more.
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:00, April 3rd – May 22nd Location: 186 Carpenter Street, Providence
Instructor: Liz Howort

Open Poetry Workshop
In her Nobel speech, Wislawa Szymborska said that poets must keep repeating “I don’t know,” and that out of that confusion, dissatisfaction, and curiosity can come great poems. We’ll spend this session reading great poetry and drafting new work. Read more.
Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:00, April 12th – June 14th Location: 50 Orchard Avenue, Providence
Instructor: Darcie Dennigan

Leave Nothing (& Everything) to Chance: A Poetry Revision Workshop
Revising poems is as creatively demanding and consuming as writing a first draft. In this four-week revision intensive course, we’ll look at the sometimes drastically altered drafts of famous poems and try out a multitude of revision experiments. Read more.
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:00, May 9, 16, 23, 30. Location: Providence
Instructor: Darcie Dennigan


POETRY AND THE SACRED will consider a number of poetic efforts to map out the terrain between the ordinary, the everyday, and the sacred.  We will read poems that are more direct or perhaps traditional in this thinking—as in poems that make use of Christian exegesis or midrash in the rabbinic tradition or Sufi poems that address the beloved as both the loved other and as God—and poems that are less transparent, or more secular.  We will explore the work of poets who negotiate the space between the real before us now—the grass, the dirt, the bedrock—and imagination, poets who take up elemental human questions and human longing.  We will read closely, too, for craft, for how a poet makes use of image and form, music and story, to deepen our considerations.  And, we will keep as a kind of touchstone Keats’s idea of “negative capability”—to be able to be in an uncertainty or mystery without what he called “irritable” reaching after fact or reason—that this kind of engagement with belief has also at its heart the unknown, the uncertain, the contradictory, even doubt, disbelief. Instructor: Anna Catone

About Frequency Studios:

  • All of our studios are geared towards drafting new work.
  • The pieces you’ll be drafting will be about, or inspired by, select readings that the instructor will share with you.
  • The studios are open to anyone who writes, or who wants to begin writing. (In the past, we’ve had a range– newbies to post-MFA).
  • Come ready to read and discuss a little bit, and to write a lot.

WHEN: Saturday, February 4, 10 am – 2 pm
WHERE: 73 Harrison Street, Providence, RI