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I will teach Memoir I through Redbud Writing Project in March-April 2023. Find more information here.

New Poetry courses will open in March for Summer 2023

"The mind acts, the mind wills a poem, often against our own will; somehow this happens, somehow a poem gets written in the middle of a chaotic holiday party that has just run out of ice, and it’s your house." - Mary Ruefle, "On Beginnings" 

Tech: Each weekly session will be held on Zoom, a videoconferencing platform. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom we can set up a time to do a practice run before the official workshops begin. You will also be emailed  a handout of the poems that will be discussed each session.​

I am also available to give feedback on poems outside of class time throughout the 5 week course. 

Readings: Each week poems and essays will be emailed out to students. 

Cost: $150 for 5 weeks of workshop

I want this workshop to be accessible to all who want to participate. I know these are difficult times and for some there is the added stress of losing your job or reduced income. If the price is a hardship, please email me and let me know in 2-3 sentences what your circumstances are and what you could pay.

Alternatively, if you’d like to sponsor a person in need, please contact me at


To claim a spot, you must pay the full $150 workshop fee, by either Venmo or PayPal.

Venmo: Melanie-Tafejian


Schedule, Cancellations, and Refunds:

If you need to cancel, refunds are available only before the first session. So please let me know by June 7th and I will refund your payment.

Questions and Concerns:

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at

Register here!
for Introductory Poetry Workshop

I look forward to working with you!

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