"The world is never the same once a poem has been added to it," said Dylan Thomas....this "contribution to reality....helps to change the shape of the universe" by extending our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. In Poetry Workshop, student writers experiment with ways of translating their experience of the world into a language and form accessible to others. During the first few weeks of the course, students will engage in informal, in-class writing exercises and discussions of published poetry. After gaining some familiarity and facility with a variety of expressive techniques, students will begin drafting their own poems, and reading and responding to their classmates? work. The workshop will not only provide students with the invaluable gift of an attentive audience for their works-in-progress, but also the gift of learning to give and receive thoughtful, constructive criticism. Students will also compile a manuscript of revisions and complete an individual project.