Creative Writing at The New School

Beginning August 26, the School of Writing launches its fall workshops and seminars for its Continuing Education and undergraduate programs. These classes, ranging from 5 to 15 weeks, include workshops in Fiction, Journalism, Nonfiction, Playwriting, Poetry, and Writing for Children, as well as grammar, punctuation, and composition seminars.

This week, we feature School of Writing faculty from three genres: Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry. Today, we feature Poetry with Kathleen Ossip.

Kathleen Ossip, "Part of downtown New York history"

Kathleen OssipWhy did you create the class "The Poetry Manuscript"?

Classes that help poetry students work on book-length or chapbook-length manuscripts are rare outside of a graduate degree program. But there's an enormous number of poets who are working away on their books and chapbooks for months or years without the benefit of sustained, careful feedback. Sometimes these writers have already been through a degree program and want to push their manuscripts closer to publication. Other times people have taken workshops that focus on individual poems and need a program of study that will help them understand what makes a manuscript of individual poems achieve coherence as a book. In the years before my first book got published, I needed a class like this!

What has been your experience teaching Continuing Education at The New School? How is it different from other programs and institutions?

There's nothing quite like The New School Continuing Education classes. I love the unique mixture of students who come together in these classes—undergraduates, professionals, retirees who've always been curious about poetry, published poets who feel the need for a refresher. It's inspiring to see everyone get acquainted with each other's work and become each other's devoted, sympathetic readers. I'm also inspired by the long tradition of Continuing Education at The New School, part of downtown New York history. I feel honored to teach in the same program where W.H Auden and Frank O'Hara once taught.


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Beginning Poetry Workshop
with Kathleen Ossip
15 weeks, beginning August 26
NWRW2203 Section B

The Poetry Manuscript
with Kathleen Ossip
15 weeks, beginning August 26
NWRW3257 Section A


Kathleen Ossip is the author of The Cold War, which was named one of Publishers Weekly's 100 best books of 2011; The Search Engine, which was selected by Derek Walcott for the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize; and Cinephrastics, a chapbook of movie poems. Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Paris Review, Kenyon Review, Boston Review, American Poetry Review, the Washington Post, The Believer, A Public Space, and Poetry Review (London). She teaches at The New School and online for The Poetry School in London. She was a co-founder of LIT (the journal of the graduate writing program at The New School), and she's the poetry editor of Women's Studies Quarterly. She has received a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and grants from Yaddo, Ragdale, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference.


About The Author


Justin Sherwood's poems and essays have appeared in H_NGM_N, ILK Journal, The Poetry Project Newsletter, New Criticals, and elsewhere. He is a graduate of the MFA creative writing program at The New School, where he was selected for the 2012 Paul Violi Prize in Poetry. Find him on Twitter at @JustinSherwood