Class Description

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” – Michelangelo

Very rarely, a poem or story emerges fully-formed. Not only what triggered the work, but what fulfills and occupies its heart is clear. These gems require modest revision. Most of the time however, we struggle to complete our works after the initial rush. We chisel toward the center and hope to keep the magic alive.

To follow the poem or story where it leads is the long process of revision, which requires practice, trust and a toolbox. In this master class in revision, each week we will discuss a topic of craft. I will share drafts from my own and other writers’ works, as well as articles and models. Craft is your lifeline on the days you are stuck in a draft and doubt weighs in.

This master class is for poetry and prose writers. Topics may include using image to infuse your prose with poetry; trying on characters; revisiting the mythic structure of the hero’s journey; the author-narrator-character merge (Reiken); what we mean by voice; a menu for getting unstuck; the prose poem and hybrid forms; when the surface story and the subterranean story collide. We will do some generative writing in classes one and two with the aim of producing short works to share. During our time together, students will be expected to revise and share a 3-to-4-page prose piece or poem(s) submitted with their application (or current work of similar length).

Paul Valéry claimed that a poem is never finished, only abandoned. This class will offer tools, constraints and the encouragement to take your writing through the revisions it demands—until you are satisfied the time to abandon has arrived!

This is a face-to-face class for advanced writers. The class is limited to 10 participants and acceptance into the class is by application (see below).


The Instructor

JoAnn Balingit

JoAnn Balingit

JoAnn Balingit is a writer, editor and educator who served as Delaware’s poet laureate from 2008 to 2015. She is an alum of VONA/Voices of Our Nation writers retreat and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, where she studied with Sigrid Nunez, Luis Alberto Urrea, and David Mura, and was awarded a 2014 Camargo Foundation Felllowship.

To celebrate National Poetry Month she highlights local poets and weekly events at in her column, “On Poetry.”

For more on JoAnn’s recent publication, upcoming events and classes, visit



Cost & Meetings

Cost is $155. Payment is due in full on the first day of class. There are no refunds once the class has started.



Application Process:

Application Materials:

Please download and fill out the application form.

In addition to your name and contact information, you will need to provide:

  1. A bio of no more than 250 words. Please include publications and awards (if any), and a listing of classes, workshops, conferences you have attended.
  2. A 250 word description of your current project. This should be the project you intend to work on for this class.
  3. A 750 word writing sample (this can but does not have to be your project for revision in this class).

Email the completed form and your writing sample to by  April 18, 2018.


Important dates

Application deadline is April 18, 2018. There is no application fee.

Notification for Acceptance: April 23, 2018 (via email)

All applicants accepted into the class must confirm their spot (via email) by April 26th, or their space will be forfeited.

Waitlisted applicants will be notified of any available spots by April 27th.


Contact Information:

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What should I bring?
    Materials: Paper, Pen/Pencil/Computer (if preferred). Handouts and required readings will be emailed to students each week; you should bring your copies to class with you.
  • Can I bring food?