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In two 1.5 hour long sessions, poets will be mentored and workshopped towards an excellent short packet of poems which can be submitted to residencies, fellowships, MFAs, or for publications.


Registration deadline: On-going

Cost: $200

(Financial Help Available for International Students and BIPOC, please email)


PAKISTANI CANDIDATES: Please email for EasyPaisa, payment plans, and other details.




Ayesha Raees identifies herself as a hybrid creating hybrid poetry through hybrid forms. Raees currently serves as a Poetry Editor at AAWW's Whiting Award Winning Magazine The Margins and has received fellowships from Asian American Writers' Workshop, Brooklyn Poets, and Kundiman. 


Her debut “Coining A Wishing Tower” won the  Broken River Prize, judged by Kaveh Akbar, and is published by Platypus Press.  It was also nominated for the Best First Collection, Forward Book Prize. She is a recent graduate from the MFA program at University of Miami in Poetry, has had residencies at UNESCO creative cities, Millay Colony For the Arts and elsewhere.


Raees has been admitted to several MFA programs, and is a graduate of University of Miami’s MFA program. She has worked extensively in academia as well as the contemporary literary landscape in both publishing and literary cultural spaces.






This one-one-one session will be held virtually and will focus on workshopping a long packet of 10 poems. The sessions will total be 3 hours long, together or separated.


Poems will be given an extremely close reading and will extensively be line edited. Time will effectively be spent on titles, figurative language (literary devices), craft and form techniques, and thematic (contextual) mattering. 


Both verbal and written feedback will be provided with ample time for questions.


These sessions are structured to also provide one-on-one mentorship with the poets, their specific needs, and goals in the literary, academic, and publishing landscapes.


Students will be mentored individually to empower their strengths that are unique to them with the intention of feedback applicable to their other works. 


Students will be pointed out their common weaknesses in non-holistic manner with the intention to improve on their work. 


Students will be provided with a list of literary magazines to submit their work.





  • Classes will be held on zoom or Google Meets. 

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