Melanie will be teaching a writing workshop on food in poetry in August through Redbud Writing Project. For more information visit:

Virtual Poetry Workshop: Introduction to Poetry

This Course has been filled. Please be in touch if you would like to be added to an email list about future course offerings. 

Have you always had an interest in poetry but didn’t know where to start? Are you an avid poetry reader but have never delved into writing poetry of your own? Do you have a desire to take on a new creative pursuit from your home? This introduction to poetry class may be a great fit for you. Through this 5-week course designed with beginners in mind we will explore various forms of poetry, what makes something a poem, and how to begin to write poems of your own. Each week we will tackle new themes and elements of poetic craft. 

Weekly Zoom meetings will be held Wednesdays from 7pm to 8:30 pm EST. 


Each week we will explore a different topic: 


Week 1 Imagery in Poetry 

Week 2 Poetry and Place 

Week 3 The Work of the Line

Week 4 Odes and Poems of Praise

Week 5 Voice and Style


The course begins June 10th and runs through  July 8th. 

"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!